FRUITDALE – A 61-year-old Brown County man was flown to hospital over the July 4th holiday weekend after being chased by a dog on Hurdle Road and crashing his bike.
Police and rescue workers were dispatched to Block 800 on Hurdle Road shortly after 9:30 a.m. on July 3. The posting reported that cyclist Frank Wrzalinski from LaSalle Road was unconscious and was bleeding from his head.
Volunteer firefighters were the first to arrive, calling in, according to an incident report from Sgt. Chad Williams of the Brown County Sheriff’s Department. Williams reported seeing Wrzalinski sitting in a roadside chair.
Two witnesses said they were sitting on their porch and watching Wrzalinski drive west on Hurdle Road. Her corgi dog ran out into the street and started chasing him, the report said. The couple reported that Wrzalinski overturned the front of the bike and landed on the tarmac, the report said.
When they went to check on him, Wrzalinski was passed out and they called 911. They said Wrzalinski had been passed out for about five minutes. When he woke up, he tried to get up, so according to the report, the couple gave him the chair to sit on.
Wrzalinski denied being involved in the accident when EMS told him so, and they believed he had a head injury that required transportation by medical helicopter.
He was transported by Lifeline to the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further treatment.
It was not mentioned in the report whether or not Wrzalinski was wearing a helmet.