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Bicyclist Transported to Hospital by Life Star

Rider was hit by vehicle on Route 179 near Gildersleeve Avenue.

A female bicyclist was transferred to Hartford Hospital by Life Star after being hit by a vehicle on Route 179 Wednesday afternoon, police said. 

The female rider was struck by a vehicle turning left out of Gildersleeve Avenue to go south on River Road (Route 179) at approximately 2:30 p.m., police said. Police believe the rider was in the crosswalk at the time but exact details were not immediately available.

Police Chief Christopher Arciero believed the rider was wearing a helmet. 

Shortly before 5 p.m., Arciero said he had talked to hospital representatives that indicated the patient's condition had improved somewhat.

"They did say her condition was improving," he said. 

Portions of River Road and Gildersleeve Avenue remained closed for several hours and members of the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction assisted at the scene, taking measurements and interviewing the driver. Fire police from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department diverted traffic.

Police were not immediately releasing the names of those involved.

jim smith March 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I think George Bush Approved it
jim smith March 20, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Darwinism at Work. Roads are for CARS.
jim smith March 20, 2012 at 08:32 PM
well said herman
Karen Grouten March 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM
It is my understanding (and please correct me if I am wrong) that the crosswalk is for pedestrian use, which is why cyclists are instructed to dismount and walk across the road using the crosswalk. I am a road cyclist, and I follow the rules of the road, wear bright clothing, and try to be as courteous as possible to motorists. A smile, wave and thank you go a long way. I have found for the most part, that in the majority of situations drivers to be very courteous in return. The few times that someone has 'cut me off' by turning left when I am proceeding straight through an intersection I think has been because they misjudged my speed. I do think is more difficult to judge the speed of an oncoming bike vs an oncoming car. Sharing the road, being courteous, obeying the rules, and eliminating the distractions work for both cyclists and drivers alike.
Andrew Ziemba March 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
I will say this, having walked routinely on the new paved path from around the fire station on down towards Collinsville. NOBODY dismounts their bike. MOST people I see don't even stop at the crosswalks... cars OR bikers. Tons of kids riding without helmets...shame on parents that allow this.

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