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Bicyclist seriously injured after hitting open car door in Salt Lake

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:58 a.m. HST, Nov 16, 2013

A 52-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured Friday afternoon after he apparently struck an open car door on Salt Lake Boulevard.

The injured man was transported by paramedics to a lotrauma center.

The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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palani wrote:
In more accurate words, an inattentive driver opened his/her car door in the direct path of the bicyclist.
on November 16,2013 | 03:49AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sounds like you want a instant replay like on Pay Per View?
on November 16,2013 | 04:53AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Don't ride a bike so fast. Slow down cowboy.
on November 16,2013 | 04:53AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Selfish comment.
on November 16,2013 | 06:18AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
mike does not like anything with less than 4 wheels on the road. mike doesn't know how fast the bike was going, but it;s too fast for him. Never mind the fact that the driver opened the door in the bike's path. That's why I ALWAYS keep distance from cars, parked or rolling.
on November 16,2013 | 07:39AM
peepee wrote:
This is very unlikely a speed issue with a cyclist. What are you proposing, that a cyclist travel at 5mph in a lane he/she is sharing with traffic? Do you think every vehicle (car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle) passing a parked car should "slow down" before passing by it? "Don't open the door so fast. Slow down and check cowboy." is a probably a far more appropriate statement.
on November 16,2013 | 09:19AM
aomohoa wrote:
I am sure he was going faster than that or you would almost fall off your bike. I can walk that fast. LOL
on November 16,2013 | 11:01AM
mitt_grund wrote:
One of the caveats of parking a car is to look for traffic, whether it be vehicular or two-wheeled before swinging that door open. I guess mikethenovice doesn't give **** about the law or common sense. If the driver swung that door out without due caution, he's responsible. I have seen too many Hawaii drivers swing their car doors taking no heed of traffic. Bad, bad people...Take away their cars and car keys.
on November 16,2013 | 09:56AM
aomohoa wrote:
You are so right!
on November 16,2013 | 11:01AM
BadBingo wrote:
@Mike, your comment is really, really stupid.
on November 16,2013 | 01:25PM
Skyler wrote:
Really, really correct. About time he got called out for his ignoramus comments, too.
on November 16,2013 | 04:24PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I thought this happened only in a comedy movie. Oh yeah, a lot of Hawaii drivers belong in a comic movie.
on November 16,2013 | 07:50AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Nothing comedic here. Cyclists have died worldwide since the car was invented, slamming into opened doors.
on November 16,2013 | 09:19AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
As a cyclist I can attest that there are many irresponsible individuals out there who open their doors at the last minute without looking. There is a responsibility for those who park parallel when exiting on the road side to ensure that their doors do not cross into another lane with passing cars and bicycles. If this responsibility is ignored they need to be solely liable for their irresponsible action both civilly and criminally.
on November 16,2013 | 09:29AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Even that isn't always true. A cyclist may be in that parking lane, avoiding speeding traffic, and in the driver-of-the-parked-car's blind spot. But the driver is still the responsible party. But even with that, when I used to bike around Kaimuki, I always had my eye open for those nincomp**ps. They never ever look and they always swing the door open like entering a bar in a bad Western.
on November 16,2013 | 10:05AM
mitt_grund wrote:
BTW - What is a lotrauma center?
on November 16,2013 | 10:13AM
Skyler wrote:
Haha, gotta ask the SAd staff that one.
on November 16,2013 | 04:25PM
aomohoa wrote:
Ridiculous comment and obviously you don't ride a bike.
on November 16,2013 | 10:59AM
mitsuni wrote:
Cyclist is my husband....he is home and doing well, no permanent damage but it will leave a mark and he will be quite sore for sometime. He was on the right side of the car between traffic and curb. Traffic was stopped at light and the passenger decided to exit the car, she did not look and he impacted with the edge of the door as it initially opened. Driver and passenger stayed on scene, called police and ambulance and rendered aid. The family also accompanied him to the hospital the passenger that caused the accident was beside herself and very sympathetic and apologetic. Accidents will happen, Praise God all is well and we will put this behind us and move on. We find Hawaii in general to be a great place to cycle. Drivers need to watch for cyclists and cyclists need to anticipate what drivers and passengers will do and even then it could happen.
on November 16,2013 | 04:01PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Now we know. Wish your husband mends well.
on November 16,2013 | 04:24PM
Skyler wrote:
Glad to hear he wasn't injured seriously - and kudos to the passenger who caused the accident for helping him. Thank you for the update - best wishes & speedy recovery to your husband.
on November 16,2013 | 04:27PM
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