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Injury-accidents involve bicyclists, pedestrians

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A string of traffic accidents - several involving bicyclists and pedestrians - caused police to caution residents this week to be careful.

"People just need to be aware, vehicles as well as pedestrians," JPD spokeswoman Cindee Brown Mills said.

On Sunday, a black Volkswagen driven by a 22-year-old woman struck a 10-year-old Juneau boy at the corner of Mendenhall Loop and Back Loop roads. The boy had been bicycling with a group and was 10 to 15 feet behind them. The woman waited for the group to pass but didn't see the boy and her car struck him.

Officers said the boy was not wearing a helmet and suffered scratches and bruises. Capital City Fire & Rescue and US Forest Service Officers were on scene but the boy's parents declined transport and took him to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The woman was cited for failure to show proof of insurance.

On Saturday, JPD responded to a head-on collision at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Nancy Street.

A 1996 Ford heading toward the glacier impacted a 1986 Dodge pickup traveling toward Egan Drive. Both drivers, 51- and 44-year-old men, were trapped due to extensive damage. They were extricated by CCFR personnel and transported to the hospital.

The Dodge driver was released. The Ford driver was admitted for further observation. Police said the operator of the Ford had been driving erratically and crossed into the oncoming lane. Search warrants were granted and executed on the driver and his vehicle and the results forwarded to the state crime lab.

On May 25, a pedestrian stepped into traffic on Marine Way near Merchants Wharf and into the rear portion of a passing truck. He was knocked to the ground and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

On May 24, a 1991 Nissan truck rolled over on Egan Drive near Fred Meyer. The 47-year-old Juneau man sustained multiple injuries. Alcohol was considered a factor to the crash.

On May 17, a 16-year-old girl was riding her bike down Wee Burn Street and out onto North Douglas Highway when she was struck by an oncoming light truck. She was not wearing a helmet and the bike did not have effective brakes. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was not cited.

Police offered these biking tips: Avoid busy streets (take scenic tours through the neighborhood or streets with less traffic); signal all turns (let your intentions be known); ride as if invisible (ride in such a way as motorists won't hit you even if they don't see you); and re-think iPods and mobile phones (it is more important to hear what is going on around you).

"We would just caution everyone to be more aware and make better choices," Brown Mills said. "Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to be aware of what is approaching and not be in a hurry. The summer is here and we want everyone to enjoy each day of it."

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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