Car hits bike, injures rider

January 22, 2010
By

John Ruch

A bicyclist suffered a severely broken arm when a car driver hit her at McBride and Call streets at around 4 p.m. on Dec. 16, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD).

The car driver was cited for failure to stop for the bicyclist, according to BPD.

The 46-year-old bicyclist suffered a “compound arm fracture,” meaning a fracture so severe that the broken bone sticks out of the skin, according to BPD. The bicyclist may have suffered broken ribs as well. She was transported to a hospital.

“The operator of the vehicle said she stopped at the stop sign and did not see the victim crossing on [her] bicycle,” said BPD Officer James Kenneally, citing the official police report.

The report did not make it clear exactly where in the intersection either vehicle was. The intersection sits right next to the Southwest Corridor Park and English High School, and is a popular bicycle and pedestrian crossing. It can be a confusing intersection because the streets form a T-crossing, but the Southwest Corridor bike and pedestrian paths also feed directly into it, making it functionally a four-way crossing.

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