Cleveland cyclist seriously injured in Montana crash

Posted at 8:20 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 20:27:55-04

Shelli Snyder, a Cleveland cycling advocate and founding member of Bike Cleveland, was struck by a car and seriously injured Sunday while on a cycling trip to Seattle.

According to Bike Cleveland, Snyder was struck from behind in Kalispell, Montana by a vehicle traveling 60 miles per hour. She suffered a fractured skull, arm and leg injuries. She had surgery Sunday evening and is listed in critical condition.

The confirmed Snyder was hit on U.S. 2 near the town of Coram and taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

She is currently in a medically induced coma.

"We are shocked and saddened to hear the news of our good friend and fellow advocate for safe streets, Shelli Snyder," said Bike Cleveland executive director Jacob VanSickle.

Snyder began a cycling trip to Seattle from Cleveland in July. Synder is relocating to Seattle to be with her boyfriend and using the trip to raise funds for Bike Cleveland, a local cycling advocacy organization.

Synder was a founding member of the organization and served on its board for the 2013-2014 term.

"We are amazed by the support that has been pouring out for Shelli and her fast recovery," VanSickle added.

Local cyclists have organized two events and a GoFundMe account for medical expenses.

Platform Beer Company at 4125 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland will host a fundraiser for Snyder from 3 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Sept. 22.