A young man’s friendly gesture was met with violence Wednesday in Hickory Township.

According to Hickory Township police, three teenagers walking along Eastbrook Road shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday saw two bicyclists approaching them.

A witness who observed the incident in his rearview mirror told police one of the teens, 13, raised his hand in a friendly gesture “to give the cyclists a High 5” as they passed.

The witness said he observed one of the cyclists punch the teen in the face as they rode by, causing the young man to fall to the ground.

The youth sustained severe facial injuries, police said.

The other two teens assisted the 13-year-old to get him home where his mother called 911. Police, the Hickory Township volunteer fire department and an ambulance responded.

The youth was taken to Jameson Hospital, then by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, an officer said.

Police did not release the names of the victim or his companions because they are juveniles.

Officers said they have no suspects at this time.

The young men provided descriptions of the bicyclists, and police searched the area Wednesday night, but could not locate them.

Police said they are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Hickory Township police.

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