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  • Schnatter, CEO of Papa John's, hospitalized after cycling wreck

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's, was hospitalized following a cycling accident here on June 2.

According to The Courier-Journal, Schnatter, along with cyclists Curtis Tolson and Tracy Huber, were riding down a narrow, two-lane road when a passenger in an oncoming pick-up truck threw a high school textbook at Tolson, striking him in the neck.

Tolson is a national track-cycling champion, who is training to qualify for the upcoming summer Olympics in Greece.

Huber said that when the book hit Tolson, he fell to the right and hit his head. The impact cracked his helmet.

Schnatter was riding behind Tolson and was launched over his own handlebars when their bikes collided.

Huber avoided the pile-up.

Tolson suffered abrasions and may have a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.

Papa John's spokesman Chris Sternberg told the C-J his boss was expected to be in the hospital for the remainder of the week healing from "some severe bruising to his back." It's not clear, however, whether he has been discharged.

Tolson remains hospitalized, but declined to be interviewed.

Huber called the incident "an intentional act of senseless violence."

Police have no suspects in the incident.

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