Cyclist Injured In Non-Fatal Collision Along Troubled Panhandle Corridor

Cyclist Injured In Non-Fatal Collision Along Troubled Panhandle CorridorPhoto: Camden Avery/Hoodline
Camden Avery
Published on October 10, 2017

Around 9am this morning, a car struck a male cyclist crossing Oak Street at Cole in the intersection's eastern crosswalk as the light changed.

As witnessed by this reporter, a black Audi sedan collided with the rider, causing him to be thrown from his bicycle, which was knocked across three lanes of traffic.

Passersby, including a trained EMT, immediately called emergency services and stopped oncoming traffic, diverting it south onto Cole and keeping commuters away from the cyclist until paramedics could arrive.

The cyclist was attended to by paramedics shortly after, who took him to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver stayed at the scene to respond to police questions.

Though the collision was non-fatal, it highlights—along with last week's fatal pedestrian collision at Fell and Baker—the dangers of riding and walking in the area.

Tipster Constance S., who lives near the intersection, said,"it's a very dangerous street, and morning rush hour is crazy." she said.

Although she rides a scooter to work, "due to all the crazy traffic," she now departs "at the crack of dawn. All I can say is that things are getting bad. Drivers (and people crossing the streets) are distracted and entitled. A lethal combination."

While residents will have to wait for the city to install any official traffic improvements, a guerrilla group installed more traffic safety features at Fell and Baker following last week's fatality.

Thanks to tipster Constance S.

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