Cyclist to be ticketed for traffic accident

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— Craig Police will ticket a bicyclist who caused a traffic accident on Yampa Avenue Tuesday.

The 23-year-old woman ran a stop sign on Seventh Street and hit the driver's side fender of a green Saturn that was headed north on Yampa Avenue, said Craig Police Officer Tony Fandel, who responded to the incident.

When Fandel arrived on the scene, off-duty paramedics already were attending to the woman. The Memorial Hospital's ambulance and Craig Fire/Rescue also responded.

The woman was transported to The Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, Fandel said.

She will be issued a ticket for careless driving and running a stop sign.Witnesses told the officer the cyclist was riding in an erratic manner. She was weaving and riding down the middle of Seventh Street, witnesses told Fandel. The bicycle sustained a bent wheel. The Saturn was undamaged, Fandel said.

Although police let people ride their bikes on the sidewalks in town, Fandel said bicyclists are supposed to follow the same rules as all other vehicles, including obeying traffic lights, stop signs and rights of way.

"Some people believe that because we allow them to ride on the sidewalks, they don't have to obey the traffic laws," Fandel said.

The officer said bicyclists are probably safer riding on the sidewalks, but they still need to keep traffic regulations in mind.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or

jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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