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Jimmy John’s deliverer remains in serious condition at Fort Worth hospital

A delivery man for Jimmy John’s sandwiches remained in serious condition at John Peter Smith Hospital Wednesday night after his bicycle and a tractor trailer rig collided downtown during the lunch rush hour Monday, according to hospital and police officials.

Jimmy Ferris was delivering sandwiches when the collision occurred, according to Gary Wilson, a manager at the sandwich shop’s downtown location at 150 Throckmorton St.

The tractor trailer was making a wide turn from East Fourth Street north onto the 400 block of Jones Street and took up the middle lane as it turned onto Jones, said Sgt. Steve Enright, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

Enright said Ferris was riding in the middle lane and when the truck turned, the two collided, sending the bicyclist under the tractor trailer.

Enright said no charges were expected to be filed against the truck driver.

Ferris underwent his third round of surgeries Wednesday and was moved out of the intensive care unit at JPS, said Bernie Scheffler, owner of Trinity Bicycles in downtown Fort Worth. He said he was told by Ferris’s coworkers that both of his hips were broken in the collision.

Scheffler said his service manager, Russ Wirtjes, started a GoFundMe donation page to help Ferris and other bicyclists get back on their feet after serious accidents.

“We don’t want it to stop at Jimmy. We want it to be an ongoing thing. … Guys like us, because I ride my bike into work every day, at the back of mind of our minds we are thinking ‘It could be me next,’ ” Scheffler said.

The money will help with day-to-day expenses as injured cyclists get back on their feet, he said.

“Because we have a bike-happy mayor, the number of cyclists is growing faster than the friendliness of the town toward cyclists. If you look at the city as a whole, we’re still not there,” Scheffler said.

A JPS spokeswoman verified that Ferris remained serious condition Wednesday night.

All of the downtown Jimmy John’s employees make deliveries on bicycles.

How to help

Visit: http://www.gofundme.com/i7u2ds

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