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Port Lavaca bicyclist hits vehicle, listed in critical condition

Aug. 11, 2010 at 3:11 a.m.

BICYCLE ACCIDENTS IN 2010Some follow-ups on bicycle accidents the Advocate reported on this year:

VICTORIA - April 30: A man riding a bicycle south on Sam Houston Drive was injured when he was struck by a car. The driver was cited for failure to yield right of way to the bicyclist and for not having insurance.

SIX MILE - July 5: A Six Mile man died after a vehicle struck him on his bike while both were traveling south on Farm-to-Market Road 1090 near the Six Mile community. Charges were not pursued but the driver, Dana Durham, of Port Lavaca, was issued a citation for failure to pass to left safely and failure to control speed.

VICTORIA - July 28: A bicyclist was taken to the hospital by helicopter after being struck by a truck on Upper Mission Valley Road. The driver, Tyler Krawictz, wasn't initially issued a citation because of conflicting reports, but after the investigation, Krawictz was issued a ticket for driving on the shoulder when prohibited and failure to control speed.

PORT LAVACA - A 48-year-old Port Lavaca man was in critical condition Wednesday night at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after his bicycle hit the side of a vehicle Tuesday night.

Richard Simpson was riding his bicycle north on Half League Street at 8:15 p.m. when it hit the right side of a GMC Envoy driven by Nathan Marek, 40, of Port Lavaca, said Lt. Brandon Riedel, Port Lavaca Police Department.

Marek's vehicle was headed east on West Austin Street when the bicycle entered the intersection, Riedel said.

Marek had the green light according to witnesses, Riedel said.

Marek was not injured in the collision.

Simpson was transported to Citizens Medical Center and then to Brooke Army Medical Center, Riedel said.

Wednesday morning, he was listed in serious condition, a hospital spokesman said.

Auto-bicyclist accidents do not happen often in Port Lavaca, he said.

"I've been here two years, and this is the second one," he said. "The first one was minor injuries."

No citations were issued, and police are still investigating the wreck, Riedel said.



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