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Authorities say charges are pending against a Jasper man after he was involved in a car versus bicycle accident Saturday afternoon near Ireland in which a Pike County man was injured.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says just before 3 pm Saturday 58-year old Ronald Watson of Otwell was riding his bicycle east on County Road 150 North near the co-op while 18-year old Noah Cox of Jasper was traveling in the same direction behind Watson.

Cox told deputies he saw a car pass Watson therefore he decided to pass Watson as well. Cox said he passed Watson and then turned into a private drive next to the co-op. he thought he had cleared Watson’s bike before he turned into the driveway.

Cox told authorities he looked after he turned into the co-op and saw Watson on the ground. Watson told deputies that the rear right side of Cox’s car struck his bike after he turned causing him to fall off.

Watson was taken to by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment after he complained of pain to his ribs, neck and arm.

Damage to Cox’s car was set at 200 dollars while damage to Watson’s bike was unknown by authorities who say charges against Cox are pending an investigation.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Jasper Police Department, the Ireland Fire Department and Memorial EMS.

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