ST. GEORGE – A collision between a bicycle and a vehicle Thursday morning left the cyclist injured, and prompted police to remind bicyclists to obey traffic laws.
The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of 100 South and 200 West in St. George.
A bicyclist was traveling eastbound on the north side of the road against traffic on 100 South, approaching the intersection with 200 West, St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said.
A Toyota Avalon was southbound on 200 West, and had stopped at the stop sign. The male driver looked both ways for traffic and then started to make a right turn.
“The bicyclist saw him stopped at the stop sign and thought or hoped that he could make it past him,” Bangerter said.
The driver of the Toyota did not see the cyclist, Bangerter said, and struck him with the front bumper of the car.
The cyclist had a skinned up knee and an injured ankle, and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. The Toyota had minor damage to the front bumper.
The cyclist will be issued at least one citation for traveling on the wrong side of the road against traffic, Bangerter said.
“As a bicyclist, if you see a vehicle stopped, you can’t go into the path of the vehicle,” Bangerter said, “you’re basically setting yourself up for a crash.”
The officer said the Police Department is seeing a lot of auto-bike crashes recently, and a lot of them stem from bicyclists not operating where they need to be operating.
“Drivers also need to keep an eye out for bicyclists,” Bangerter said, “because it doesn’t matter who’s in the wrong, a bicyclist is going to lose if there’s a collision.”
Luckily the cyclist’s injuries were relatively minor, Bangerter said, but there is the potential for serious injury, noting that when a cyclist meets a 3,000-pound car the odds are against him.
The St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the accident.
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