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Jimmy John’s bike-riding delivery man hit in downtown Fort Worth

A large truck hit a bike-riding delivery man for Jimmy John’s sandwich shop downtown Monday during the lunch rush hour, according to public officials and friends of the victim.

A MedStar ambulance transported an injured bike rider to John Peter Smith Hospital from the intersection of Jones and East Fourth streets at 11:16 a.m. Monday, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said. His vital signs were stable, Zavadsky said.

Bernie Scheffler, owner of Trinity Bicycles in downtown Fort Worth, asked friends on Facebook to pray for Jimmy Ferris Monday evening and wrote that the bike rider was in an intensive care unit at JPS hospital.

Scheffler said he got a call from a customer who had walked by the collision. Scheffler said that once he realized the injured man was Ferris, he walked over to the Jimmy John’s shop at 150 Throckmorton St. to talk to his coworkers.

A coworker went to the scene and grabbed the black single-speed road bike so Ferris would have it when he’s released from the hospital.

Jimmy John’s manager Gary Wilson said Monday night that he knew only that Ferris was hit by a truck while making a delivery on his bicycle.

Delivery driver Ben Cooper said he was told that Ferris sustained internal bleeding and broken bones.

All downtown employees make deliveries on bicycles, he said.

Fort Worth police did not immediately respond to questions for information about the collision.