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Bicyclist Dies after Crash in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE -- The collision between a bicycle rider and SUV in Wilkes-Barre has turned deadly.

According to the coroner, Herbie Gant, 49, died from his injuries Thursday night.

An SUV hit the bike at the intersection of River and Market Streets Wednesday afternoon.

Two nursing students on their way to a class at a nearby hospital saw the crash, pulled over, and ran to help.

"I heard a crash and I saw something but I couldn't tell what it was, so Amber told me, 'pull over,'" recalled nursing student Peter Sidari.

They rushed to the man lying in the street. Peter Sidari of West Pittston says his medical training immediately kicked in.

"I was pretty much just focused on doing one thing and making sure that I was doing the CPR, everything that I could, checking his breathing."

The two nursing students weren't alone in trying to help Gant. He said others got out of their cars to stop traffic and some helped with chest compressions.

"Amber and I were able to concentrate on doing the CPR because we had other people helping us with directing traffic, and calling 911," Sidari said.

While his condolences go out to Herbie Gant's family and friends, Sidari says the experience showed him just how caring the people of Wilkes-Barre can be.

"It goes to show that we still have a lot of kind-hearted and compassionate people that would stop what they're doing to help in any way that they could like that."

Despite their efforts, Gant died Thursday evening.

The driver who hit him stopped. No charges have been filed.

Wilkes-Barre police say this case is still under investigation.