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Bicyclists injured in hit-and-run crash

As the weather begins to warm up around Michigan, more and more people are lacing up their jogging shoes and pumping up their bike tires. Increasingly we are using bicycles not only for a bit of exercise and leisure, but also as a viable and responsible means of running errands, commuting to work, or just generally getting where we need to go. The benefits to both our health and the environment are obvious.

While most motorists are respectful of a bicyclists right to share the road, and diligent to watch out for bicyclists and joggers, in the few occasions in which they are not the consequences can be catastrophic. Because even when a bicyclists is wearing a helmet the potential to suffer serious injuries in a bicycle accident is great due to the size and speed with which cars are likely to be traveling. This was the unfortunate scenario that played out in a recent hit and run accident in Ann Arbor Township.

According to local law enforcement officials, at about 7:30 last evening a woman struck a 60-year-old bicyclist sending him into the ditch. A sheriff's deputy spotted the bicycle on the side of the road and found the injured biker trying to crawl out of the ditch. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Authorities then put out a call to look out for the vehicle they suspected of striking the bicyclists and then fleeing the scene without rendering assistance, or presumably even stopping to check and see if the victim was still alive.

The woman driving the car was soon identified and arrested. Police say that they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Source: AnnArbor.com, "Bicyclist critically injured in hit-and-run crash in Ann Arbor Township," Lee Higgins, March 14, 2012

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