Cyclist recovering from hit and run accident

(CINCINNATI) -- Mary Jo Peairs is an accomplished cyclist.  The 61 year old has traversed the United States on the Trans-America Trail.  Traveled from Maine to Florida by bike.  And does a weekly route with friends in Wyoming. But her most dangerous trip may have been just to return a book to a friend.

Mary Jo is recovering at University of Cincinnati Hospital after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bike on Tuesday evening at Ridge Road and Belkay Lane near French Park.  Witnesses say the driver who struck her sped away after the accident.

Mary Jo was in good spirits Friday evening when she spoke to by phone.  She was following all the proper rules of the road - even "wearing a fluorescent green jacket."  It was a nice ride on a newly paved Ridge Road.  The last thing she remembers before the accident was being on a slight incline.

She landed in the grass.

Another driver saw the accident and stopped. According to Mary Jo the good Samaritan is in training to be a paramedic.  Not only was she able to help with the injuries she also got a partial plate of the truck that drove off.

Later that evening police cited John P Shanahan, 41, of Franklin, OH for leaving the scene of an accident and improper passing of the cyclist.  Police allege that he hit Peairs with his truck mirror and kept going.

Mary Jo has six broken ribs and says her arm was almost severed.  She has a plate holding her arm and shoulder together.  She hopes to get out of the hospital this weekend.  But it will be several weeks before she gets back on her bike.

"It will take a lot of courage," she admits.  And it will take six to ten weeks before her arm and shoulder heals enough to even try to put weight on it.

Mary Jo is grateful for all the help she received at the accident scene.   She says the Golf Manor paramedics were great.

The case against Shanahan has been turned over to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. Roger Seay