14-year-old bicyclist going wrong way hit by car

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A 14-year-old bicyclist going the wrong way on West Oakland Avenue was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin by ambulance after he was hit by a car Monday.

Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said the 57-year-old driver going north on Seventh Street had stopped at the Oakland Avenue stop sign and looked east before attempting a left-hand turn. The driver didn’t see a group of bicyclists and skateboarders traveling east on West Oakland Avenue, a one-way roadway, on the side of the road and the sidewalk.

The 14-year-old sustained possible leg injuries and was taken to the hospital. Krueger said there was no word on the boy’s condition. He also warned bicyclists to obey traffic laws.

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“Bicyclists are supposed to follow the roadway,” he said.

This is the second time this year a bicyclist going the wrong way on Oakland Avenue was struck by a car. A 48-year-old Albert Lea man who was drunk and riding to work on April 16 received minor injuries after he collided with a car turning onto Oakland Avenue.

Krueger said car/bike accidents on Oakland Avenue are uncommon.