Saturday, May 02, 2009

Update on bicycle accidents involving serious injuries and fatalities

Bicyclist improving after hit-and-run crash on Highway 9
By Brian Babcock, Saratoga News, May 1, 2009

Ashleigh Jackson, the 24-year-old San Jose woman who was the victim of a hit-and-run on Highway 9 in Saratoga on April 19, is making a slow but steady recovery, said her boyfriend, David Nelson. Jackson, who is being treated at Valley Medical Center for trauma sustained to her brain, is conscious and eating, and she was transferred out of the intensive care unit late last week, Nelson said. Although she has motor movement throughout her body, he said, Jackson still has some paralysis on her left side. "But her left side is getting better," Nelson said, adding that doctors are regularly testing her brain. Jackson is a competitive cyclist for Webcor/Alto Velo, a bicycle racing club based in Silicon Valley, and regularly rides on Highway 9. Read more.

Bicycle accident still under investigation by Duncan police
Derrick Miller, The Duncan Banner, April 28, 2009

DUNCAN — A Duncan man was listed in critical condition after a van collided with the bicycle he was riding Monday evening. Master Officer Layle Baker of the Duncan Police Department said, “A white van was northbound on Chisholm Trail Parkway, turning on Clayton, and a man on a bicycle was heading southbound, also turning on Clayton. “They collided during the turn.” Following the accident, Jason Galus was taken by American Medical Response to Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH). From there, he was transported to OU Medical Center, said Megan Sanner, who is a media coordinator for DRH. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Galus was listed in critical condition, OU Medical Center media contact Kim Eason said. “He had injuries that were rather substantial,” Baker said. Baker said he is waiting on a change in the man’s condition before determining the next step in the investigation. An accident report will then be written, he said.

Truck driver arrested in hit-run fatality
Associated Press - April 28, 2009

LAROSE, La. (AP) - State troopers have arrested a truck driver from Henderson and booked him with felony hit & run in the death of a bicycle rider Sunday. In addition to the hit & run charge, state police say 31-year-old Lina James Knott was booked in the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Monday with obstruction of justice. Investigators say Knott admitted hitting 21-year-old Jose J. Licona, of Larose, and removing the bicycle and hiding it behind a bait shop where he delivered products. Troopers say Licona was traveling south on the Intracoastal overpass on La. Highway 308 when he was struck and killed. Information from: The Advocate,

Bicyclist dies in collision with pickup
KPAM 860, Apr 28, 2009

A 49-year-old man riding a bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street was struck by a pickup and killed Monday afternoon in Northeast Portland. Portland police said Cary Bernick of Southeast Portland died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet. The collision happened near 106th and Weidler about 5:15 p.m. Portland police said Bernick was riding against traffic on the opposite side of the street from a bike lane when he was hit by the truck. The driver of the pickup is cooperating with police.

Albany teen injured in bicycle accident
CBS 6 WRGB, April 27, 2009

A 14-year-old Albany teen in listed in stable condition at Albany Med after a bicycle accident. Colonie Police say that Carlos Perez rode his bike into the path of an oncoming SUV on Central Ave around 6 p.m. tonight. The SUV hit Perez, throwing him from his bike. He hit the hood of the vehicle and fell onto the pavement. Police say that Perez attempted to cross Central Ave in an area that is not designated for pedestrians and while the oncoming car had a green light.

Crash kills Ken-Ton pupil riding his bike to school
By Janice Habuda, The Buffalo News, April 27, 2009

A sixth-grader riding his bicycle to school this morning died in a collision with a pickup truck, according to Town of Tonawanda authorities. The accident occurred at approximately 7:35 a.m., near the intersection of Wendel Avenue and Cambridge Street. The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District identified the student as James Moore, 11, who attended Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Two of his siblings also attend the school. "James was well-liked and had an excellent sense of humor," said School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro. "He was involved in the Recycling Club and the Youth to Youth Club." Further, James was involved with his church youth group and played in the church basketball league. Mondanaro said fellow students and staff at the school were informed about the accident by a crisis team. Extra school counselors and psychologists are assembling at the school, where a care center will be established to offer grief counseling, the superintendent said.

Trial in bicyclist's death set to begin Monday
By Randy Ludlow, The Columbus Dispatch, April 27, 2009

A Lucasville woman is scheduled to go on trial next Monday in the hit-skip death of a bicyclist participating in a popular southern Ohio bicycle tour. Sara Bender, 36, is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident in the May 11, 2008 death of William Crowley, 57, a physician from Northville, Mich. Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Pike County Common Pleas Court in Waverly, with the trial to last three to four days, Prosecutor Rob Junk said today. Crowley was riding north on Rt. 23 when he was hit from behind and killed. Bender is charged with leaving the scene and then returning and telling a trooper she thought she had struck a sign. The charge is third-degree felony carrying one to five years in prison. Crowley's death was the first traffic-related fatality in the 47-year history of the Tour of the Scioto River Valley between Columbus and Portsmouth. About 3,000 riders are expected for this year's tour on May 9-10.