Bicyclist injured after being struck by a car

(UPDATED 3:35 p.m. ) Emergency officials responded to the intersection of 168th Avenue and Taft at about 10 a.m. Wednesday after a car struck a bicyclist.
Becky Vargo
Feb 13, 2013


The car was southbound on 168th Avenue when the driver turned east onto Taft and struck the bicyclist, who was westbound on Taft, police said.

The bicyclist, 55-year-old Joel Fynewever of Spring Lake, was not wearing a helmet. He struck his head on the windshield, police said.

He was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital where he was treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said this afternoon.

Both the bicyclist and the vehicle driver were ticketed.

The bicyclist received a ticket for failure to yield, police said. The driver received a ticket for improper lane use for cutting the corner too close.

Read more in Thursday's Tribune about his status.





Ole Becky back at her Ambulance chasing again


Automobile drivers need to watch where they are driving. Cyclists have the same rights as cars on the roads, yet I constantly see drivers cutting them off, swerving at them, and honking at them. As long as the cyclist was following the rules of the road (and there are a few bad apples out there), the driver should be ticketed. I am guessing this cyclist is victim to what is commonly known as the 'right hook' where a motorist turns right directly into the path of a cyclist that has the right-of-way. Many times the drivers are totally oblivious to what happened, drive off, or start threatening the cyclist when it was the drivers fault.

I have been doored in downtown GH, as well as run off the road several times last summer. I always try to give traffic as much room as possible, but drivers need to realize that cyclists have the legal right to take the whole lane if needed.

As a side note, I also see cyclists frequently violate the rules of the road, running stop signs/lights, etc... they need to follow the same rules as the cars and vice-versa.


Am I seeing this right?

"The car driver had been motoring southbound on 168th Avenue when he turned east onto Taft and struck the bicyclist, who was westbound on Taft"

The car driver had the right of way to make a left turn to head east on Taft!
The westbound bicyclist had a STOP sign to stop at before continuing west!
Looks like the bicyclist should follow the rules of the road and should be ticketed!

user a rod

And the bicyclist WAS ticketed.......


I ride alot! I stop at the stop signs! It amazes me when I see riders cruise through a stop sign as if it and the traffic is invisible. I have chased down other bikers that almost slam into my rear wheel when I do stop in front of them and they continue on through!
Another pet peeve, is "salmoning"! Riding against traffic! Or getting your mail from the wrong side of the road!
Both of these actions by both riders and drivers should be ticketed. It seems worse lately when drivers don't want to have to start moving again in slippery conditions. No problem, just roll on through!
Its a hard lesson to learn, when you ignore a traffic control device and get whacked. But, that is the way the roads work. On the bike, you will be the loser!
We all need to follow the rules! They are not made for everyone else!


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