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Friday September 13, 2002

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Driver and cyclist involved in campus collision

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

A serious accident at the intersection of Middlesex and Perth Drives, adjacent to Delaware Hall and Talbot College, resulted in a cyclist being rushed to hospital at approximately 2 p.m. yesterday.

According to witnesses, the cyclist entered the intersection at a high rate of speed from atop the hill on Middlesex Drive, approaching University Drive. A car was making a left-hand turn on an advanced green light from the opposite direction and the cyclist proceeded to strike the vehicle on its front, right side.

There was no word available on the male victim's condition. He appeared to have suffered a serious leg injury.

Second-year social science student Tony Harris witnessed the accident because he crossed the road immediately before the accident occurred. "The car probably had right of way," Harris said.

Third-year psychology student Adam Debevc said the cyclist was lucky to be alive. "[It was a] really good thing he was wearing his helmet – it was just destroyed, cracked," Debevc added.

It appeared the driver of the car, second-year political science student Tyler Gore, was not injured. "I was almost out of the intersection," Gore said.

"He was just flying down [the hill]. He flew right over [the car]," Gore stated, adding he did not see the cyclist until it was too late.

A large portion of Gore's car windshield was smashed and the right side of the car had several dents. The impact was so severe that it knocked off the rear-view mirror, which was hanging near the dashboard from the car's inside ceiling.

According to Harris, the cyclist struck the top of the car very hard. "He was probably eight feet in the air. [He] landed on his collar bone," Harris explained.

Concerned students gathered around the scene as police officers directed traffic and took statements from the witnesses. The Student Emergency Response Team tended to the victim until the ambulance arrived.

Many of the witnesses said they were impressed at how quickly SERT responded to the accident.

"SERT was here in, like, two seconds," Debevc said, adding the ambulance took a long time.

Another witness, who did not want to be identified, said he thought it took approximately eight minutes for the ambulance to arrive. Members of SERT said their policies prohibit them from providing any information concerning the severity of the victim's injuries.

"Obviously, nothing like this has happened to me before," Gore said, adding he hopes the victim is OK.

The University Police Department could not release any information regarding the victim's condition because a report is still pending.

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