Businesswoman recovering after being hit by car

Police cite driver on charges of failing to yield on a left turn

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2006

Foggy Mountain Shop co-owner Betsy Fischer is recovering at Bartlett Regional Hospital after colliding with a 1994 Oldsmobile that turned in front of her bicycle Monday evening on Glacier Highway.

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Police cited the driver, a 53-year-old woman, on charges of failing to yield on a left turn and not carrying proof of insurance.

Fischer sustained a broken right shoulder, a broken right arm and five cracked ribs. She had surgery on the broken bones in her lower right arm. The shoulder and the ribs will be allowed to heal on their own.

"I'm taking it day by day," Fischer said. "Mostly I can't move around too much, which makes it difficult to do anything."

Fischer was biking from her Mendenhall Valley home to meet her husband, Scott, who was biking from downtown. She had just emerged from the bike path parallel to Egan Drive, and was heading south on Glacier Highway behind the Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center and Fred Meyer.

The driver of the Oldsmobile was attempting to make a left turn into the veterinarian's parking lot, when she somehow turned in front of Fischer.

"Boy, it happened so fast," Fischer said. "I didn't even have time to be scared. I was upside-down in the air."

Fischer's right side hit the right side of the Oldsmobile. She remembers hitting the rear-view mirror and seeing the sky between her feet before hitting the pavement. She never lost consciousness. Fischer's road bike was not damaged.

"I'm a pretty defensive biker, and I always wear a helmet," said Fischer, who bikes a minimum of four to five days a week. "I'm always watching for traffic, and I saw the car coming. But I was in my lane, and she was in her lane."

Fischer was helped by a man named "Milo," who was picking up his dog, Bear, at the veterinarian clinic.

"He came running out and took the situation in hand until the ambulance arrived," Fischer said. "He told me he had eight years of EMT experience. I'm going to find out his last name and call him and thank him whenever I get out of the hospital."

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