WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A man is hospitalized after a car vs. bicycle crash in Wausau Wednesday afternoon.
Wausau Police Lieutenant Michael Yuedes says the 55-year-old male riding a bicycle exited the Pizza Hut parking lot north onto Alexander Street without yielding to the eastbound car. “He was coming out in such a way that he didn’t anticipate a car coming, locked his brakes up, flew over the handlebars, and impacted his head to the asphalt on the roadway on Alexander Street. The driver apparently didn’t see him and drove the front end of the car over his body.”
The bicyclist did not yield the right of way to the car, which may have been partially obstructed by a parked car along the south curb of Alexander Street.
Yuedes says a couple of nearby pedestrians helped free the rider. “A couple of people who were on the scene, pedestrians, helped lift the front bumper of the car a bit so the driver could back away and get off from him to help him to survive. Then the ambulance came and took care of his needs, and transported him to the hospital.”
The driver of the car was a 19-year-old female. Yuedes says she was pretty upset but uninjured in the incident.
The officer says this accident is a tragedy that could have been prevented, and reminds bicycle riders that they have to follow the same road rules as cars when it comes to stopping and yielding to traffic. “Stop before you come to a driveway that goes out into a roadway. Look both ways. Make sure it’s clear and then enter. Use good common sense and patience instead of trying to think of getting home quickly.”
Names have not yet been released, and the Wausau Police Department accident reconstruction team spent a few hours at the crash scene gathering data. Aspirus Wausau Hospital confirms the man is alive, but cannot release any further information.
(The interview from the crash scene with Lt. Michael Yuedes can be heard in our Newsmaker's Interview podcast section, here.)