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Cyclist Hit in Silver Lake near Fletcher and Riverside Drives

The woman is wearing a helmet and escapes with minor injuries.

A bicyclist was hit Saturday afternoon in Silver Lake near Riverside Drive and the 5 Freeway.

She was wearing a helmet and escaped with minor injuries, according to City News Service.

She collided with what looked to be a silver pickup truck just before 3 p.m. near the intersection of Fletcher and Riverside drives in Silver Lake.

An early alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department suggested she may have been trapped beneath a vehicle, but that was not the case.

She was transported by LAFD to Glendale Memorial Hospital, according to a spokesperson at the LAPD's Central Traffic Division, which handled the incident.

Traffic was backed up briefly along Fletcher Drive going north while paramedics and police investigated the incident.

klesb November 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
"Cyclist Collides With Truck" would have been a fairer headline! There is nothing in the story that would not make a headline "Truck Hit By Cyclist" equally inaccurate. There is nothing offered that indicates "who hit who".
Will Campbell November 11, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Articles regarding cyclist/vehicle collisions never cease to focus on whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet, with the implication being that not wearing one proves negligence by the cyclist regardless of which party was responsible for the collision. Helmet's are an important safety item and I wear one whether I'm biking across Silver Lake or across the city, but they are seldom a defining factor as to whether the cyclist escapes or suffers injuries.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
@Klesb-Thanks for your excellent point about "who hit who[m]." All the information that LAPD provided is included in the above report. I did not see the actual incident myself but arrived a few minutes afterwards. If witnesses want to reach out directly to Patch with additional info, I would love to hear from them. AR
nonoise November 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Police reports are only stories of what both sides tell them. Only when one person admits fault does the real truth come out or when the damage to car or bicycle points to the person at fault.
Mark November 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I would NOT recommend Patch start taking "witness" accounts! That would not be very professional, as all you will really be getting is made up stories by people who weren't even anywhere near there but now want to skew things the way they would like it to be. If you weren't there to see who was a witness, then you can't present anyone who now contacts you as being a witness! You must be careful about journalistic integrity.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 06:45 PM
@Mark-Thanks for your comment! I suspect the police investigating the accident ran into the same issue, which is why the police record is so sparse on what actually happened that day. AR
Mark November 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Actually, it is very unlikely that the City News Service info is from any full police report -- so, wether police investigators spoke with any witnesses or not, who knows. It is about 99.999% certain it is simply from the watch commander and his/her log -- not from any full report or from the investigators. CNS generally just makes regular checks with the watch commanders and asks if there is anything interesting going on, and gets whatever the watch commander feels like telling them, which isn't going to be the full story or investigation.
Robert Marshall November 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Much ado about nothing. There are many accidents everyday all over, The fact that she did not have any broken bones or require hospitalization should make this a non story. I have ridden bicycles for over 50 years and was a national champion in the 1970.s. One thing you learn quick in L.A. traffic is to ride defensively and be aware of your vulnerability from cars. A lot of the time they do not see you and there are plenty of bad ,careless drivers out there. IT IS YOUR JOB TO PROTECT YOURSELF AS BEING "RIGHT" IS NO CONSOLATION IF YOU GET HIT. Lots more bikes out there today because of high cost of automobiles and other good reasons. Be careful both when driving a car, riding a bike or crossing a street. Hope this is enough said about an unfortunate but common occurence. Wearing a helmet is always a good idea, it does not need much to cause a fall.

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