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Driver that hit cyclist hit the road; bike rider in hospital

An unidentified vehicle fled after hitting an Ohio State student while he was riding his bike early Sunday morning between Lane and Frambes avenues.

The victim has been identified as Christopher Ritchey of Hudson, Ohio.

Calls to the Ritchey household in Hudson went unanswered.

Officer Cassi Shaffer of the Ohio State Police Department was first at the scene of the incident.

“I was first to arrive on scene and immediately administered first aid to the victim,” Shaffer said in the police report. “The victim was bleeding from his left ear badly, there were no other external injuries visible at the time.”

Columbus Division of Fire medics stabilized Ritchey and transported him to the OSU Medical Center. Monday afternoon, Medical Center officials said Ritchey was in intensive care.

Witnesses stated that the suspect vehicle, possibly a green Ford Taurus, fled the scene, according to the report.

Ritchey is listed as a construction systems management major.

The incident report is labeled as an aggravated assault with homicidal circumstances. 

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