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Archive for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bicyclist injured after accident at Fifth and Michigan streets

February 29, 2012

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A 30-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after she was struck on her bicycle by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon at Fifth and Michigan streets, Lawrence police said.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a patrol shift supervisor, said the injuries to the woman, Sara Germann, were not believed to be life threatening. At 4:14 p.m. while headed north on Michigan Street she had slowed down to allow a southbound vehicle to pass. She then extended her arm to signal a left turn, but at the same time Randy Schimmel, 50, of Lawrence, the driver of a northbound 1983 Dodge Ram pickup truck attempted to pass her on the left.

As she turned, Germann then ran into the passenger-side mirror and front fender of the truck. Germann was wearing a helmet and protective gloves.

McKinley said officers were expected to ticket Schimmel.

An LMH official said Germann had been treated and released as of Wednesday night.

Comments

SouthWestKs 2 years, 1 month ago

Only Lawrence bicycle riders!!

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SouthWestKs 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey, LJW you need to change the heading.. Should say "Bicyclist injured in accident at Fifth and Michigan streets"..

Bozo, you know the LPD are so PC that bicyclist are always right!!

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SouthWestKs 2 years, 1 month ago

Looks to me like the bike rider was @ fault.. Waited to long to signal a left turn.. Was probably not in the correct lane..

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

This is always problematic for bike riders. They're required to ride in the gutter lane, which requires them to cross the traffic behind them if they want to make a left turn, and most drivers are more concerned with getting around the bike rider than paying attention to proper hand signals.

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Steve Swaggerty 2 years, 1 month ago

What will the driver of the truck be ticketed for?

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Jean Robart 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes! Hope the bicyclist is okay.

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