Help injured North Providence cyclist who lost his bike to thieves

Help injured North Providence cyclist who lost his bike to thieves

NORTH PROVIDENCE - A fundraising page has been set up for the local cyclist who was injured in a collision with a car and then had his bicycle stolen.

Nearly $3,000 of $9,000 requested to help pay for Jason Reed's medical bills had been raised as of Monday. Reed, a North Providence resident, said he was on his way home from work on Aug. 7 when he was struck by a vehicle on Manton Avenue in Providence, breaking his neck, shattering an eye socket, and causing a bad sprain to his ankle.

Though the person who struck the husband and father of three called rescue personnel, Reed said two people took off with his bicycle while he was on the ground.

But Reed has said he's since been encouraged by the hundreds of people who have posted messages of support since the incident. A company has also offered to replace his bike.

"It's devastating that a human being can literally steal my bike while I'm lying there," he said on his page. "At the same time, I have never felt so much support from a community."

It was Alfred Lamothe, a total stranger but a fellow avid cyclist who works in the communications department at the Providence Police Department, who got Reed's story going after the accident, wishing him a speedy recovery on Facebook. Reed said Lamothe picked him up when he was at his lowest point.

"A helmet saved my life that night, but a cyclist saved my soul," he said.

Find Reed's Go Fund Me page at http://www.gofundme.com/fgdncq9g .