- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota driver has been cited for striking a deaf and blind Norwegian man hours into a tandem bicycle ride from South Dakota to Nebraska.

Authorities in Sioux Falls have cited 70-year-old Melvin Coelho for illegal overtaking and careless driving. The former charge is a class two misdemeanor.

Harald Vik was cycling with his interpreter Robert Skarsbakk on Aug. 22 when Coelho attempted to pass them, but struck them.

Vik sustained a broken pelvis and leg and arm injuries. He returned home this week.

Vik was born deaf and began losing his eyesight at age 10, and he’s an advocate for the disabled in his native country. He tandem-biked across the U.S. in 1982 during his first trip to the country, and he’s ridden in more than 50 countries.



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