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Bicyclist seriously hurt after being struck by vehicle in Vernon

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A bicyclist was hit in Vernon Thursday morning. (WFSB) A bicyclist was hit in Vernon Thursday morning. (WFSB)
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

A bicyclist was serious hurt after being hit by a car in Vernon, according to police.

Officers said it happened at Park Place and Park Street Thursday morning.

Police said the driver, 75 year-old David Kuslansky, did stop at the scene.

The cyclist was identified as Heather Gabbey, 27, of Manchester.

She was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford for serious injuries to the lower extremities. 

Kuslansky was not injured.

The scary moments of the incident were caught on surveillance video of a nearby convenience store.

The owner of the store, Aman Singh, said he was shocked when he saw it on his security camera.

"That really shocked me, I'm still really nervous," said Singh.

Security footage showed the bike and the woman launch straight into the air. 

"She went flying over that way. He stopped the vehicle," said Singh.

Police asked drivers to avoid East Main and Park Streets. Prospect Street can be taken as an alternate route.

Two women at a nearby farmers market rushed to help the woman.
"This lady was kneeled next to her, saying don't move...don't move," said Singh.

The convenience store owner ran after the vehicle because he feared the driver was fleeing the scene.

"He started the vehicle up again and went up the hill. That's why I went running after him to get the license plate," said Singh.

Vernon police closed off the road for a period of time.

Investigators are looking into how it happened. They said Kuslansky is cooperating with police.

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