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Injured bicyclist remains hospitalized
Struck by van crossing Hwy. 20
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Forsyth County News

A 30-year-old man remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, four days after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Hwy. 20 on a bike in heavy traffic.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said Jose Martin Aguilar-Hernandez of Kelly Mill Road was in guarded condition at North Fulton Hospital.

Aguilar-Hernandez was taken there after the collision, which occurred about 5:45 p.m. Friday near the Ga. 400 bridge.

According to a sheriff’s report, Aguilar-Hernandez rode his bicycle across the westbound lanes of Hwy. 20 to the median and stopped.

He then proceeded across the highway, where he rode into the path of an eastbound Chevrolet Astro Van, the report shows.

The traffic light for the eastbound lanes was green and the crosswalk sign was red, indicating it was not safe to cross. The collision threw Aguilar-Hernandez some 45 feet, according to the report.

House said the driver of the van, a 27-year-old Forsyth County man, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for evaluation, but did not appear to be seriously injured. He was not charged.

Authorities said the other major incident over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a blaze at a poultry processing plant.

About 6 a.m. Friday, the Forsyth County Fire Department was called to a blaze that started in a processing area of Koch Poultry on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said no injuries were reported. The company had to destroy its stock of frozen poultry product because of possible contamination from smoke and chemicals.

Both House and Shivers said the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend was relatively uneventful for public safety officials.

"I think on Black Friday we had some pushing and shoving [among shoppers] and there was a false alarm at the Grasslands Walmart," said House, adding that someone had inadvertently set off the store’s alarm system.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, 15 people died in traffic collisions statewide over the 102-hour holiday period, which began at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and ended at midnight Sunday.

None of the fatalities were in Forsyth.