Gene Hackman Struck While Riding Bicycle

The 81 year-old Oscar winner was hit while on a bike ride in thee Florida Keys (KTLA / January 13, 2012)

FLORIDA KEYS (KTLA) - 81-year-old Oscar winner Gene Hackman was airlifted to the hospital this afternoon after he was hit by a car while riding his bike in the Florida Keys.

The airlifting was necessary because Hackman was biking on an island at the time.

Fortunately, a representative for Hackman reports that the "Unforgiven" star is doing well after his accident.

"Gene was airlifted to the hospital for routine tests," his representative said. "Everything is fine and Gene is on his way home now with a few bumps and bruises."

The celebu-site TMZ first reported the accident. It occurred at around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.