DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Joe Varner and his close friend David Emery, a Dale County Assistant District Attorney were participating in a bike ride in Montgomery — something they like to do as a hobby but it suddenly became horrific on Saturday.

“I was informed before my part of the ride started that someone had been hit by a vehicle they didn’t know who it was at the time, so shortly after I started I was informed on who it was and certainly it was casted a shadow over the day,” Varner said.

Emery, apart of the Dothan Area Cyclists, was riding in the Glassner Autumn Challenge — a Montgomery Bike Club’s annual fundraiser that supports cycling advocacy and instruction.

During his course on East South Boulevard, a 18 wheeler hit him at the intersection of Dorchester Drive.

According to Varner, that intersection was swarmed with law enforcement that the bike club hired before the crash occurred.

“Law enforcement was there stopping traffic and allowing us to cross so I’m not sure how he came to not stop,”

Varner said the crash caused significant impact to emery like broken bones. At one point, the injuries were life-threatening but have been downgraded as emery is in stable condition.

“They are looking at what they need to do as far as the recovery process, so that’s really the extent to which I know he is being well cared for and they are looking at options to how best they can fit his recovery.” Varner said.

Now there is no word on if this injury will play a part in the Coley McCraney trial that will begin early next year.

In the meantime, Varner said he’s glad his friend is okay but this is also a time to bring awareness to those who are cyclists — he wants to encourage motorists to share the road, be vigilant and patient, and give them space.