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'Dispatch' reporter riding his bike struck by car

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Steve Wartenberg, a Columbus Dispatch business reporter and avid bicyclist was struck by a car and injured Sunday while riding in Upper Arlington.

Steve Wartenberg, a Columbus Dispatch business news reporter and an avid bicyclist, was struck by a car and injured Sunday, Nov. 3, while riding in Upper Arlington.

Earlier this week, Wartenberg, 55, was in critical condition in intensive care at OhioHealth Riverside Metho-dist Hospital with multiple broken bones.

Reports say Wartenberg was hit from behind about 11:44 a.m. on McCoy Road near Kenny Road.

He hit the windshield of the car before landing on the pavement.

His helmet and bicycle were in pieces, said his wife, Susan Cunningham.

"I'm sure his helmet saved his life," she said.

Upper Arlington Police Sgt. Glenn Willer said Wartenberg was eastbound on McCoy when he was struck from behind just west of Kenny by a vehicle driven by Andrew Scott Inglis, who also was eastbound on McCoy.

Willer said Inglis, 30, fled the scene and was captured a few minutes later. He was issued citations for drunken driving, failing to keep an assured clear distance and fleeing the scene of an accident, Willer said.

Cunningham said police told her witnesses ran to help Wartenberg while others chased the car and driver that struck him.

Wartenberg has been riding for more than 20 years, Cunningham said.

The Columbus resident, writes the Best Bike Blog Ever for The Dispatch and has been captain of the newspaper's Pelotonia team for two years.