Injured Monday night cyclist identified

A bicyclist injured  Monday evening has been identified as 57-year-old Ernest Tanner of Augusta.

 Tanner was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being rear-ended shortly before 9 p.m. by a truck driven by Willie Ferrell on the 1700 block of Tobacco Road. He is still listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Charges of following too closely are pending against Ferrell, Griffin said. Authorities believe speed played a factor in the crash.

 A witness told deputies it appeared as though Ferrell was attempteing to swerve out of the way before he struck the cyclist with his 1978 Chevrolet C-10.

 Griffin said deputy reports show Tanner was properly equipped with all reflectors. The report did not state if Tanner was wearing a helmet.

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