Yesterday at 11th and U Street a cyclist riding a Capital Bikeshare bike was hit by a flatbed truck and the story got an unusual amount of press.
Witnesses tell WAMU 88.5 that the bicyclist, whose mangled red Capital Bikeshare bicycle was sitting in the middle of U Street after the accident, was taken away in an ambulance, but police say the victim will likely pull through and the injuries sustained were less serious than initially believed.
Reportedly, he was not wearing a helmet, but the injuries don't appear to be to his head. I read that he has a crushed pelvis. A few witnesses report that he was hit and dragged before the truck stopped.
There are a lot of different, conflicting eye witness accounts out there. One that the "truck turned westbound on U St. into the cyclist’s path, they collided and the cyclist went down." Which another backed up as did News 9 Now and NBC4.. Another has them on opposite streets with the truck running an orange light (which would mean the cyclist had a red, but if the ped light changed before the truck cleared the intersection....).
Nonetheless, the cyclist was ticketed for running a red light. Which ABC7 used as an opportunity to push the scofflaw cyclist story. If they were both going the same direction, I'm not sure how only one of them was running a red light, so the only way this is true is if they were going opposite directions - in which case I can't believe he survived. My skeptical meter is at a solid 6 right now.
This is only the 17th crash involving a CaBi since the system debut.
See more TV coverage below the fold (NBC's is the most sensational in my mind).
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