Collision sends Washington cyclist to hospital
WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – A Washington woman remains at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City this morning after a vehicle struck her as she was riding her bike on 250th Street in Washington Monday afternoon.
According to Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar, two vehicles were driving eastbound on 250th Street shortly before 5 p.m. He said that the driver of the second vehicle reported that the first vehicle made an abrupt turn. He said that the driver had reported that there was a cyclist in the roadway and he hadn’t had time to see her. According to the Washington Call Log, the vehicle’s rear view mirror hit the cyclist. No ticket was issued, according to the police log. No mention was made if any charges are pending.
Carol Stull, the bicyclist, suffered several fractures — including broken ribs, a broken leg and a broken ankle — and bruising on her left side, according to her husband, Bill Fairchild. He said that Stull is out of danger. Fairchild also said that Stull had been wearing a fluorescent vest at the time of the accident to make herself more visible to drivers.
“She was out getting ready for RAGBRAI,” Fairchild said. “She had been biking a lot on county roads. She was pretty avid.”
He said that the accident had occurred on the hill west of the Crooked Creek Bridge. He also said that he didn’t think she was going very fast trying to climb the hill and also commented that it was a no-passing zone.