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Police: Driver texting about drug deal injures biker

A Cherry Hill woman riding a bike in Medford was hospitalized with multiple fractures because of a driver texting about a drug deal, according to police.

A Cherry Hill woman riding a bike in Medford was hospitalized with multiple fractures because of a driver texting about a drug deal, according to police.

Lisa Granert, 42, of Elbo Lane, was riding along Route 70, wearing a reflective vest and a helmet, shortly before 6:30 Monday evening, when she was struck by a car driven by a Browns Mills man, police said.

Robert Sharrer, 28, of New Jersey Avenue, told police he was texting when his 1994 Oldsmobile Cutless wandered onto the shoulder, according to Lt. Jeffrey Wagner.

The message related to a deal for a "controlled dangerous substance," Wagner said.

Police were actually seeking Sharrer's car before the accident, he said.

"We had reports he was driving westbound on 70 driving erratically," he said.

Sharrer did not recall hitting anything, according to a Medford police news release.

Granert was in stable condition this morning at Cooper Medical Center with fractures to her face, a vertebrae and a leg, Wagner said.

She was airlifted there, he said.

Unauthorized prescription drugs were found in the car, and Sharrer was charged with possession with intent to distribute, Wagner said.

Charges in connection with the accident are also expected, pending the outcome of blood testing, he said.

Texting while driving, as well as operating a hand-held phone while driving, are illegal in New Jersey.

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