Cyclist Hit on UGA Campus, Treated for Broken Bones

Aug 21, 2019

University of Georgia police are investigating a Tuesday collision between a car and bicycle at the intersection of Lumpkin Street and Smith Street. 

According to a police report, as the driver was making a right turn, he turned into the path of the cyclist. The cyclist struck the front passenger's side wheelwell. The officer found the cyclist conscious and alert, but she had blood dripping from her head and abrasions on her shoulders and forearms.

A cyclist's bike after a collision with a car
Credit Connor Lake

She was taken to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment, suffering from a broken wrist, broken neckbone and staples on her head. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time.

The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ticketed in the incident. 

Elliott Caldwell is the executive director of Georgia Bikes. He says the incident is one of the most common types of  crashes between vehicles and bikes. 

"When making turns, watch out for people on bikes. Usually they're going to be to your right, so watch for the dreaded right hook," Caldwell said. 

Caldwell says many times drivers just forget they've just past the cyclist and end up turning in front of the bike.