Man cycling to all 30 MLB stadiums hit by semi on Fla. highway with 1 stadium to go

FROSTPROOF, Fla. - A Maryland man riding across the country to raise money for hearing loss by visiting all of Major League Baseball's stadium was hit by a semi while biking through rural Polk County on Saturday night.

A witness to the accident said Jacob Landis, 24, of Annapolis, Md., was hit by the mirror of a blue Freightliner semi pulling a refrigerated trailer, but the driver did not stop.

Polk County Sheriff's investigators aren't sure if the driver knew Landis was hit..

Landis was with chase van driver and cousin Jack Riddle when, according to a PCSO spokesperson, the semi hit him around 10 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 27.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene, Landis was reportedly alert and responsive, but he doesn't remember the incident.

"Yesterday, with less than four miles to go to the hotel, I was struck by a tractor trailer's mirror," Landis said in a statement. "I don't remember anything that happened, until I woke up at the hospital."

Landis was transported to Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring by ambulance.

Landis' family tells Baltimore Scripps station ABC2 News that he suffered a severe concussion, a broken nose, two small cheekbone fractures and a chipped tooth.  

Landis has cycled more than 10,000 miles and has completed visits to 29 of the 30 MLB stadiums, but his final leg to Miami has been put on hold after he was advised not to ride his bike for two weeks as his injuries heal.

Since April 3, he has been cycling in the hopes to raise $1 million for children who could benefit from a cochlear implant, but cannot afford one.

Born with normal hearing, but deaf by age 10, Landis received a cochlear implant allowing him to be fully functional in the hearing world.

"I just want to thank everyone for their kind words through my Facebook account and special thanks to all of my supporters who made this ride possible," Landis said.

He is still expected to attend a rally and his final game Sept. 24, when the Miami Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies in Miami at 7:10 p.m.


WMAR's Michael Quander contributed to this report from Baltimore.

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