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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.

Corey Lynn Tucker March 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM
my thoughts and prayers go out to this cyclist. i hope she will be okay and that the driver isn't scarred for life. as motorists, we need to pay attention when we drive. as cyclists, we need to be aware of our surroundings. just because there are crosswalks, doesn't mean it's safe to go in front of traffic. make sure the driver sees you. always a good idea to make eye contact with motorists.
Wyatt March 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Great advice. I hope all involved are doing as well as possible given the circumstances and that both the cyclist and driver will be OK.
Karl Dineberg March 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM
This accident was waiting to happen ... I don't believe the Blinking/Warning Lights are functioning at the Bottom of Gildersleeve to Alert of the Pedestrian Crosswalk ... Why Not ??? and with the connection on Maple Avenue I am sure there will be even more serious incidents with even sadder results. Whoever planned and approved this walkway over 2 of the heaviest travelled Streets heading into Collinsville should explain there reasoning in regards to safety ...
Michael Shea March 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Another invisible cyclist I suppose....and unless the driver was drunk there will be no repercussions.
Larry Linonis March 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Lights and neon clothing are musts when you ride the road. BE. SEEN
herman munster March 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Please bear this in mind- If you choose to use a two wheeled mode of transportation, either motorized or not,you are putting your life in the hands of someone who could be distracted by smoking, drinking, talking on the phone,texting, reading the newspaper ,or any combination. It only takes a split second of distraction and the two wheeler is toast. This is precisely why i no longer ride on any main road, even suburbs are unsafe.I simply got tired of seeing my life pass before my eyes just about every day. Last week ,to much utter shock and disbelief i watched a woman TEXTING while she entered I-84 at Finneman Rd. swerved violently ,then a few seconds later slammed into the guardrail.Later , I noticed her car disabled on the highway, about a half mile from her accident. So if you are going to do the two wheeled thing,understand you are taking a big risk!
John Fitts (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I must admit that I sometimes use that crosswalk when riding from the Mills Pond Park area to Town Hall. Although I am getting a little more comfortable on the road, I still feel better going down East Hill, Simonds, Dyer and then using the path than I do riding on the side of Maple Avenue or Route 179.
Corey Lynn Tucker March 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I prefer to road ride. I'm with Karl and Larry, being seen in brightly colored clothing is important. As a responsible motorist and cyclist, I understand the rules of the road and the possible risks. I'm sharing this event at Benidorm Bikes on Rt. 44 in Canton this Friday, March 18, at 7.30 p.m. Tim Johnson is doing a ride on Washington, D.C. to promote cycling awareness. Here's the full article below. http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/03/news/tim-johnson-to-ride-on-washington-for-cycling-awareness_209172 As for Herman's statement, I'm sorry you feel unsafe and that it's taken your right to ride on the road away. It's a personal decision. I think it's up to all of us to be more aware and responsible.
Karen Moulton March 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Real names are supposed to be used on patch
John Fitts (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Hey Corey, I actually wrote about that event prior to this accident. I think it should be clear it’s not a meeting to debate issues on the local trail but certainly a good chance to perhaps hear some ideas about safety and other aspects of bicycling.
Ray Du Bois March 16, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I see many bicyclists ride their bikes in crosswalks. They should stop, dismount, then walk the bike across the street. Drivers can't see a bike coming out of the woods into the street. I rarely, if ever see bikers use hand signals when on the street and often see cyclists run stop signs and red lights. As a driver I find bikers one of the most challenging safety issues I encounter on the road. You never know what they are going to do next..
Corey Lynn Tucker March 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Thanks John. I missed that article. Looking forward to tonight's meeting. I know it's not about debating the issues, rather to raise awareness for cyclist safety. *) Have a great day everyone.
Scott Lonkoski March 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I agree with Ray, always a smart practice to dismount and walk (after hitting the button to flash the lights in this case). Much of the trail has signs like in Avon instructing cyclists to walk. I will say that I often sit at the crosswalk here and on Maple, with lights flashing, and count the cars streaming past, often 6 or 7 until someone finally stops. Perhaps if the town needs some increased revenues this would be a great place for an officer to sit, lots of free money available! I bet half the motorists are on cell phones, I say charge them to the fullest. More of us should be using these trails, I do most of my grocery shopping at Shop Rite in Canton and Stop and Shop in Unionville on my bike or foot via the trails, it's great exercise and I save on gas.
John Fitts (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I always stop and inch out, making sure the cars see me and stop before I go, but why dismount and walk at that point? I guess I don't understand why that's safer.
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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