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Tommy comes home: Spencer man on bike in hit-and-run is released from hospital Friday

By Holly Fesperman Lee

Salisbury Post

A Spencer man hit by a car while riding his bicycle is home from the hospital.

Tommy Hedrick, 58, was riding his bicycle Wednesday when he was hit by a car at the corner of West Monroe and South Fulton streets.

The driver of the light-colored car that stuck Hedrick sped away.

Hedrick suffered a head injury and was later air lifted to Carolina’s Medical Center from Rowan Regional.

Charlie J. Hedrick said he went to Charlotte Thursday morning to bring his brother home.

When they reached Rowan County, Charlie said he and his brother went to Hendrix Barbeque in Spencer for lunch.

Several people eating in the restaurant welcomed Tommy home.

“I think he knows about everyone in Salisbury,” Charlie said.

Tommy got back to his home at Bethamy Retirement Center around noon Thursday.

“He’s doing fine,” Hedrick said.

Tommy had a knot on his head and received six stitches. He did have some bleeding on his brain but that danger has passed, Charlie said.

Tommy will have to go back to the hospital in about four weeks so doctors can check his injuries.

Charlie said this is the second time his brother has been hit while riding his bicycle and he doesn’t intend for it to happen again.

Charlie said he wasn’t going to allow his brother to ride his bicycle around town anymore.

The Hedrick family is no stranger to bicycle accidents.

Tommy and Charlie’s father, Charlie B. Hedrick, was killed in 1995 while riding his bicycle on Leonard Road.

Ralph Hedrick, Tommy and Charlie’s brother, died after he had a seizure and fell off his bicycle.

For now Tommy is resting at the retirement center.

“He said his head hurt a little bit but other than that he’s the same ol’ Tommy,” Charlie said.

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The circumstances surrounding Ralph Hedrick’s death were reported incorrectly in an article in Friday’s Post.

Contact Holly Lee at 704-797-7683 or hlee@salisburypost.com.

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