Bicyclist cited after bicycle-auto collision

The damaged windshield marks where a bicyclist landed after being being struck by an oncoming car. Despite the impact, the bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet, walked away from the incident unharmed, yet he was cited for improper lane travel, St. George, Utah, July 7, 2015 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A bicycle-versus-vehicle incident on River Road in St. George Tuesday ended with the bicyclist getting a citation.

Around 12:25 p.m., near 1450 S. River Road, a bicyclist was heading northbound and allegedly swerved into the lane of travel in front of a northbound 1998 Honda Civic, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

The Honda hit the bicyclist, who ended up landing on top of the car’s hood and also impacting the windshield. However, the bicyclist, who was also wearing a helmet, escaped major injury.

“Just basically some scrapes and bruises and nothing life-threatening or too serious,” Despain said.

The Honda’s driver was also unharmed, though the car itself sustained some dents and a cracked windshield.

After police arrived on scene and investigated the collision, they believed the bicyclist to be at fault and subsequently cited him for improper lane travel, Despain said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by UHP at the scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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19 Comments

  • old school July 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    If cyclists are entitled to use public roads then they should required licensing, certification, have some kind of equipment standard and INSURANCE

    • wilbur July 8, 2015 at 9:10 am

      open book test?

    • An actual Independent July 8, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Because if there’s one thing people need here, it’s MORE government control of everything.?

  • paul July 7, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Good. I am so tired of these people on bikes that think they own the road

  • tcrider July 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I ride a bike myself and prefer to use the sidewalk, when available. These idiots are asking to get hit, if they think they can share the road with the traffic around here.

  • fun bag July 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

    should of took the sidewalk + should of took a open book tests

    • An actual Independent July 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Should HAVE paid attention in 3rd grade English.

  • rider2 July 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    it’s illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. I think that in order for you to renew your drivers license you should have to go ride a bike on a 20 mile course of roads so you know how it feels to have your life in the hands of distracted and ignorant drivers. As a driver you would have a lot more caution and respect for a bike rider and pedestrians and give proper spacing. A cyclist has every right to that lane that the car does…that’s the law.

    • 42214 July 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Get a bigger helmet and wear body armour. Bikes are a nuisance

  • fun bag July 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    cyclists should respect my 8000 pound Dodge Ram and GET OUT THE WAY!!!

  • Dolly July 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    If I had a nickel for every time I saw a cyclist make a stupid move, I’d be rich!

    • An actual Independent July 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      But if I had a nickel for every dumb driver move, I’d be a lot richer.

    • Billy Madison July 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      If I had a nickel for every bike I owned, I’d have about ten cents.

  • Ronnie Keith July 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    We are sick of all you drivers who think they own the road, and think bikes have no right to use it!

  • paul July 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    It’s all you people on bikes that just think you can do what ever you want there are laws and there have been a few that got tickets here lately just saying

  • Dolly July 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Ronnie, I never said bikes have no right to use the road, they have every right. However, they need to ride safely and not just swing out into traffic because they think they can get away with it. That stupid move might get them killed and traumatize the vehicle driver as well. My grandfather hit someone on a bicycle a couple decades ago, and he was so traumatized he quit driving (the cyclist was only scraped up). Without his car he became so depressed that he committed suicide. I can only wonder if things would have been different had he not encountered that cyclist.

  • fun bag July 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    i’d be happy with a million nickels… still a lot of money 😉

  • AnnieMated July 9, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    $50,000 to be exact. 🙂

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