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'We need a miracle': Hit-and-run cyclist undergoing life-saving surgery


Editor's note: There is an update to this story – Bryan Joas went through surgery and is in critical condition still, but recovering.

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A bicyclist is fighting for his life in the hospital three days after being critically injured in a hit-and-run in Dakota County.

Bryan Joas, 45, from Eagan, was was traveling along Highview Ave. in Eureka Township at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle – thought to be a white pickup truck with large tires and red highlights (Editor's note: That is no longer considered the suspected vehicle) – heading east on 250th Street West.

According to the latest posting on his CaringBridge page, Joas is undergoing life-saving surgery on Friday morning.

"Bryan is going in at 9:30 for surgery to try to save his life. The surgeon is checking to see first if his small intestine is still okay and if it is he is going to remove the 5 cm of rectum that is dead. If the small intestine is not viable the surgeon will not proceed with the rest of the surgery and we will have to transition to comfort care. We need a miracle so please everyone pray with all your might."

Dakota County Sheriff's Office has issued an appeal for information from anyone who may have seen a vehicle in the area at the time, offering a $1,000 reward for details leading to the identification of the driver and vehicle.

Those with information should call Sergeant Dawanna Witt at 651-438-4736 or Detective Ryan Fitzgerald at 651-438-4729.

Joas' wife Shauna posted about the incident earlier this week, saying he went out biking after work on Tuesday to enjoy the weather, but grew worried when he hadn't returned by 7 p.m.

Police arrived at their home telling her he had been in a serious accident and had been taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, with injuries including a broken pelvis, lower back and ribs.

Since arriving in hospital he has had his large intestine removed and is on dialysis for kidney failure.

Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie told the Star Tribune that Joas works in Burnsville, and on occasion would take a circuitous cycling route home that sometimes ran between 50-75 miles.

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