Bicyclists vs. SUV update: Trapped cyclist injured hip; SUV driver likely not at fault
Updated 3:06 pm, Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Police are still investigating an accident that sent two bicyclists to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, one of whom suffered a dislocated hip after becoming trapped under an SUV.
The accident happened shortly before 4 p.m. on Stratfield Road when the two cyclists, both women in their 20s, were traveling south on the northbound side of Stratfield Road. A woman driving an SUV who was making a right turn from Suburban Avenue hit the cyclists head on, police said. One was knocked off her bike and thrown to the side of the road. The other was knocked down in front of the vehicle and partially trapped underneath the SUV.
The woman trapped under the SUV had to be freed by emergency crews from the Fairfield and Bridgeport fire departments who lifted the vehicle using hydraulic equipment and blocks. She was conscious, but complaining of numbness in a leg as she was lifted into an ambulance.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, the woman was talking to the driver of the SUV, an emergency room nurse from Bridgeport Hospital.
The other woman who was struck complained of abdominal pain.
Both bicyclists, who live on Wade Street in Bridgeport, were taken by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital.
Their identities had not been released as of Wednesday, but officials said their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Ironically, the accident took place during what has been designated National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, and police around the nation -- including Fairfield -- traditionally remind bike riders of the guidelines to safe cycling.
"Bicycles should ride with the traffic," Police Chief Gary MacNamara said, "and this accident highlights why that law is in effect." He said the SUV driver was looking to the left for approaching traffic in order to make a right turn when the collision took place with the cyclists on her right.
No charges have been issued yet in connection with the accident, but police said it is likely the bicyclists who would be cited, not the motorist.