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Auto-pedestrian incident involving cyclist

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(DPS) — On Sunday, May 17, 2020, at about 6:30 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an injured cyclist who was struck by a vehicle along Chalan Pale Arnold Road. Police and medics were dispatched to the scene.

At about 6:32 a.m., police units arrived at the scene and immediately noticed an individual was laying on the northbound shoulder of the road, near a damaged bicycle. The individual was responsive but was wailing in pain and was unable to answer questions at the time. Shortly after, medics arrived and transported the victim to the Commonwealth Health Center’s emergency room to be seen and treated.

Police interviewed the operator of the vehicle who struck the cyclist. The operator stated that they were traveling northbound and occupying the outer lane when they noticed two cyclists riding in sync side-by-side, one was occupying the shoulder of the road, and the second was occupying the outer northbound lane. The operator stated that as they were about to pass the two cyclists, one cyclist began to make a left turn towards the roadway. This was when the vehicle made contact with the bicycle.

After further investigation, DPS finds that the operator was at fault for not exercising the mandatory 3-foot distance a vehicle must give to a cyclist.

DPS would like to remind cyclists to exercise caution when operating a bicycle on the island's roadways. Cyclists are to travel with the flow of traffic and are recommended to have a handle or helmet-mounted mirror for their safety.

When traveling in a group, cyclists must travel in a single file line, and should not be traveling abreast (side by side).

DPS highly encourages the public to call 911 anytime to report a crime or an emergency. Police officers are here to help you

 

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