Update: Bicyclist Hit By Pickup In Fair Condition

By: Gary Smollen, Lauren Squires Email
By: Gary Smollen, Lauren Squires Email

A cyclist is flown to the trauma center after a collision with a pickup leaves him with severe head injuries. La Vista Police are investigating but the cause of the crash may be beyond anyone's control.

Most of us have experienced that momentary blindness when we look directly into the sun.

On mornings like Wednesday’s the sun is low enough in the sky to shine directly into the eyes of anyone looking east.

That sun glare adds a few degrees of difficulty to the morning rush and could have played a big role in the crash between a bike and pickup truck. The bicycle lays bent and broken in street as the investigation into the crash begins. Fifty yards farther down Harrison sits the pickup involved in the crash.

Captain D.J. Barcal says, "The bicyclist approximately a 30-year-old male was southbound on the sidewalk crossing Harrison Street then we had the Chevy pickup that was turning eastbound onto Harrison that struck him."

The impact was so great that even though the cyclist was wearing a helmet he still suffered a severe head injury. This video sent to us by a viewer shows the life flight helicopter landing to pick up the cyclist and rush him to the hospital.

Jeffrey Becker had a front row seat as the scene developed. Even though he didn't see the accident he could tell it was bad.

Jeffrey Becker says, "It was a pretty serious accident that they had to get the person or persons to the hospital as fast as possible."

Investigators are talking to witnesses and mapping the scene but this may be a situation of an unfortunate accident caused, at least partially, by sun glare.

For cyclist Josh Beasley no matter the time of day sidewalks and crosswalks are too dangerous.

Josh Beasley says, "Cars have a hard enough time seeing you when you're on the street and if you're on the sidewalk there is no chance they will see you."

La Vista Police released this update: 28-year-old Miguel Corio is listed in fair condition, 50-year-old Stanley Young was the driver of the pickup.

No tickets have been issued and investigators are still trying to determine what role sun glare played in the accident.


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