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Jacob Landis hit by truck while riding bike for charity in Florida

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(WJLA) - A Maryland cyclist who had been riding across the country to raise money for charity fell victim to a hit-and-run in Polk County, Florida over the weekend.

Jacob Landis, a 24-year-old resident of Annapolis, had been riding around the United States visiting Major League Baseball stadiums with the goal of raising $1 million for children who need cochlear implants.

However, as he was riding his bike on his way to Miami on Saturday, he was hit by the mirror of a passing tractor trailer. Hospital officials say he suffered a concussion, broken nose and facial fractures, among other injuries.

According to his website, jacobsride.com, Landis, who himself received a cochlear implant when he was 10, has covered more than 10,000 miles on his journey. Marlins Park was the last of the 30 ballparks he was due to visit.

"I don't remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital," Landis said in a statement posted to his website.

Landis won't ride his bike for at least two weeks while he recovers. He still plans to attend a finish line party on Tuesday before taking in a game between the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies.

Authorities in Polk County are looking for the driver of the truck that hit him.

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