Cyclist struck by car

A cyclist was taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car struck him from behind.

The cyclist, whose name wasn't released on the scene, was traveling on Boundary Street in Newton about 3:15 p.m. with two other cyclists.

The cyclists started to cross the intersection at Northwest Boulevard near Kentucky Fried Chicken when the male cyclist was hit from behind by a Toyota Camry. Witnesses to the incident said the man fell off his bike and on the roadway from the impact.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said the victim was complaining of hip pain and was taken by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center.

One of the cyclists who was riding in the victim's group said the victim was wearing a reflective vest, a helmet and other safety gear.

It wasn't clear what caused the driver of the Toyota Camry to strike the cyclist. Newton Police Department is investigating.

Catawba County EMS, Newton and Conover police departments and Newton Fire Department responded to the scene.

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