Bicyclist bumped by car receives minor injuries

Becky Vargo • Jun 28, 2018 at 12:43 PM

An 81-year-old Ferrysburg man suffered minor injuries when an SUV struck his bicycle late Thursday morning on Madison Street near Beacon Boulevard in Grand Haven.

An ambulance transported Eugene Post to North Ottawa Community Hospital following the 11:30 a.m. crash. 

Post suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, said Sgt. Lee Adams of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Post was riding his bicycle south on the sidewalk alongside northbound Beacon Boulevard, Adams said. Post entered the crosswalk at Madison and was bumped by an SUV that was just starting to pull into the highway’s northbound lanes.

Post fell into the roadway and scraped his arm and cracked his helmet.

Adams said the driver of the truck was checking traffic to his left and did not see Post enter the crosswalk from his right. The driver will be ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, Adams said.

Post was conscious and alert at the scene.

This is the same area where Post was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on July 21, 2015. In that case, he was trying to cross the highway, from east to west, and had been waved across by one motorist who was not aware another car was coming. Post suffered scrapes and bruises in that incident.

Adams said that Post’s helmet was in bad shape after the crash, so Grand Haven officers decided to pool their money to get him a new one.

Adams said he called the Rock ‘n’ Road bicycle shop in Grand Haven to buy Post a helmet, but the store said they would donate it.

Rock ‘n’ Road Manager Matt Meyer said they were happy to help.

“We’ve done work for him before,” Meyer said of Post. “He rides by here every day.”

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