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RICHMOND (WRIC)—Several bystanders stopped to help lift an SUV off of an injured cyclist who had been struck by and was pinned under the vehicle Thursday morning.
At approximately 8:10 a.m. on Feb. 20, a female cyclist was heading west on Monument Avenue. The female driver of an indigo Honda CR-V with Virginia plates was driving south on North Mulberry Street, approaching a stop sign. She struck the bicyclist and dragged her approximately 15 feet; police say the driver was allegedly blinded by the sun and did not see the bicyclist.
"It was a vehicle on Mulberry Street," says Sgt. David Selander. "Stopped at a stop sign, looked both ways, apparently the sun was very bright. She never saw the bicycle."
A witness says that the bicyclist was pinned under the car, and that several people helped lift the vehicle off of the victim, who has been taken to VCU Medical Center. According to Richmond Police, the victim was conscious, breathing and talking at the scene; she suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover.
The Richmond Police Department is investigating the incident; no charges have been filed at this time.
The driver is a preschool teacher who works at a church just across the street from the scene. That's where she was headed when the collision occurred.
While at this point, police believe it was just a tragic accident, what happened should get everyone thinking.
"In areas that are very congested like the Fan," says Janet Brooking, Executive Director of Drive Smart Virginia. "I think everyone has a responsibility to be very defensive and to be very aware of your surroundings and to really pay attention to what you're doing."
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