A 30-year-old man was badly hurt Wednesday night when the bicycle he was riding was struck and dragged by a car in South Natick.

A 30-year-old man was badly hurt Wednesday night when the bicycle he was riding was struck and dragged by a car in South Natick.


The 7:25 p.m. accident on Rte. 16, near Water Street, involved the bicyclist and a Volvo sedan, driven by a unidentified woman.


Police were investigating reports that the woman drove for nearly 300 yards - with the man and his bicycle trapped under her car - before stopping.


"We estimated the distance at about 860 feet," said Deputy Chief Paul Tota of the Natick Fire Department.


Personnel from the Fire Department's nearby Station 2 responded to the accident within a minute, Tota said, finding the man trapped and unconscious.


As firefighters and medics used tools to lift the car off the pavement, the man regained consciousness, Tota said.


He was taken by ambulance to Memorial School, where a medical rescue helicopter landed. The man was then flown to an area hospital for treatment of injuries considered very serious.


As the man was being treated, police shut down the roadway so they could take photos and mark bits of evidence.


During that investigation, the bicycle could be seen behind the front wheel on the car's passenger side.


Police referred questions to a department spokesman who could not be reached last night.


The MetroWest Daily News