A Salina man injured Tuesday night when he crashed his bicycle while trying to avoid a county commissioner's dog was listed in good condition Wednesday at Salina Regional Health Center.
Melvin Robben, 55, 2346 Glen, was riding his bicycle in the 5600 block of South Kipp Road at 7:15 p.m. when the dog ran into the road, according to Mike Smith, an investigator with the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Smith said Robben turned quickly to avoid the dog and his bicycle went off the road and down into a steep ditch.
The dog, a boxer named Toby, is owned by Craig Stephenson, chairman of the Saline County Commission.
Stephenson said the dog, which weighs about 55 pounds, was out with Stephenson's 6-year-old daughter, who was jumping on a trampoline with a friend. Stephenson said his daughter told him the dog went onto the road and ran beside the bicyclist for a short distance before the crash.
Smith and Stephenson said there was no indication that the dog barked at or attempted to bite Robben, and Stephenson was not issued any citations.
Stephenson said an overlay recently was applied in the area in which Robben crashed, so the drop-off between the road surface and the ditch is greater than usual. Also, Smith said, the ditch is rather steep.
Stephenson said his daughter told him about the crash, and he called 911. First-responders from Gypsum provided immediate treatment, and they were followed by a Salina EMS crew.
"There was a great response from both the first-responders and from the EMS," Stephenson said. "It all worked like it should. I'm just really concerned now with how the gentleman is."
Smith said Robben lost consciousness. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a possible broken nose, a possible broken collar bone and shoulder and knee pain.
Smith said Robben was wearing a bicycle helmet, which cracked as a result of the impact.