CHP: Man Thought to Be Hit-and-Run Victim Actually Injured When Bike Came Apart

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A picture of a man's face covered in blood has been making its rounds on social media.

Facebook users shared the photo explaining he was a victim of a hit-and-run on Greenback Lane and Madison Avenue in Orangevale on Friday evening.

Terry Taylor said he had no memory of what happened. His family was concerned he may have been slammed into by a car or attacked.

California Highway Patrol has been investigating the cause of the 22-year-old's injuries and determined he was not hit by a car or beat up, but rather a mechanical issue with the bike he was riding caused it to fall apart. He hit his face on the sidewalk.

"He got metal plates in his face. He's got stitches all through his mouth. He's pretty beat up," said Taylor's father Ryan, who also revealed his son had been working on his bike before leaving the house to go meet up with a friend.

That claim matches the CHP's investigation. Officer Tommy Riggins said the spokes were separated from the rim of the bike and the wheels fell off.

Witness Michelle Green was on scene right after the accident happened and called 911.

She said she saw Taylor and his bike split in two pieces laying in the street.

"He was hysterical. He was like 'Help me, help me' and I felt so bad," she said.

Riggins said although the bike was in pieces, it was not bent or damaged in a way that would indicate it was hit by a car.

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