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Bicycle crash injures one, causes traffic to be re-routed

Bicycle crash injures one, causes traffic to be re-routed

May 16th, 2019 in Local News

Jefferson City police

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One person was injured Wednesday in Jefferson City when a bicycle hit a pickup truck.

Jefferson City Police Department officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Eastland Drive for an injury crash at 3:14 p.m., according to a news release from the police department.

A 2018 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Richard L. Raithel, 55, of Lohman, had been traveling northbound and slowed to make a right turn into a private drive in the 200 block of Eastland when the truck was struck on its passenger side by a bicycle that was also northbound on Eastland.

The Kent 29 Flexor bicycle had been behind the truck, and the rider, Ian C. Current, 25, of Jefferson City, said he had tried to stop but was going too fast to avoid a crash.

Police said a witness said the bicycle was traveling down the hill "at a high rate of speed" prior to the crash.

The crash caused Current to fall off the bicycle, and he received moderate, "obvious injuries to his head, arms and legs." He was not wearing a helmet, according to JCPD's information.

Current declined medical treatment at the scene.

Raithel was not injured, and he had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The Silverado and the bicycle each sustained minor damage.

The 200 block of Eastland Drive was closed for about 20 minutes because of the crash, with traffic routed to Lewis and Clark Drive.