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On April 30, 2011, a serious bicycle accident took place in Savannah, Georgia, sending the bicyclist to the hospital with critical injuries.
According to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, the cyclist collided with a tour bus. Authorities indicated that the cyclist was allegedly riding her bicycle south-the opposite direction of traffic.
The cyclist was traveling south on Montgomery Street, and the tour bus was driving east on Oglethorpe Avenue. The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m.
The bicyclist is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and is from China. She was taken to the intensive care unit of Memorial University Medical Center and listed in critical condition.
The bicyclist's name was released days after the accident, because officials needed to make contact with her family in China prior to releasing her name. Student Zhouping Ren, 26, was the cyclist injured in this Georgia bicycle accident.
The bus driver was identified as 66-year-old John C. Reid, Jr., and authorities have confirmed that he had a green light. However, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Major Accident Investigation Team is still investigating this accident with the help of SCAD security.
Since this accident, there has been a discussion of bicycle safety awareness and proper bicycle skills in the Savannah community. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign provides quarterly workshops that focus on bike skills and safety, and the next one is May 21st.
Sadly, this accident is an example of how wrong-way bicycling can endanger a cyclist.
Kalka & Baer would like to wish the cyclist who was seriously injured a full and quick recovery, and would like to remind cyclists to obey the rules of the road.
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