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Posted on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 6:53 p.m.

Police: Bicyclist struck by car in Ann Arbor recovering from brain injury

By John Counts

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The 51-year-old Ann Arbor man struck by a Honda Accord on Washtenaw Avenue Sunday night remains in the hospital with head injuries but is making progress, according to police.

In an email exchange Wednesday, Ann Arbor police Officer Steven Dye wrote he had spoken with the man's wife that morning.

"...She said he has suffered a brain injury ..., but he has been conscious during parts of the day," Dye wrote. "They’re continuing to monitor him but he has made some positive progress between Sunday and today."

Dye is still investigating the incident, which occurred Sunday just before 11 p.m. in the 2200 block of Washtenaw Avenue between the East Stadium Boulevard split and Brockman Boulevard.

The 51-year-old was inbound when he was hit by a 24-year-old Ypsilanti man driving a Honda Accord in the same direction. The Ypsilanti man didn't see the bicyclist, police said.

The man's bike did not have any lights or reflectors on it and he was not wearing a helmet, Dye said.

The 51-year-old man suffered head injuries and broken bones and was transported to the University of Michigan hospital, where he remains.

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John Henry

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:30 p.m.

Keep bikes in bike lanes or on the sidewalk, not in the roads with cars and trucks.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

Good to know that recovery is progressing. All good wishes for continued improvement.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 4:03 a.m.

Please wear a helmet when you ride bikes or motorcycles!


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 4:14 a.m.



Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:09 a.m.

This whole city is covered with safer, perfectly good sidewalks...


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 6:29 p.m.

You feel free to use them. I certainly do, when I'm *walking*.

Basic Bob

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

Another guaranteed big payout from Michigan's no-fault automobile insurance law and MCCI. The driver's insurance company has little to protest, because the cost will be passed on to all insurance policy holders in the state. We can all watch our auto insurance bill rise.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:51 a.m.

Our insurance doesn't rise every time there is an accident.

lucinda walsh

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:36 a.m.

Now we all start paying. I don't begrudge the biker his medical bills, but contrary to general opinion BIG cash settlements are coming out of our insurance for pain and suffering. I have a friend from Oakland County who broke the leg of a careless biker. The mediator gave the biker a cool quarter of a million from my friend's policy and last I knew the biker was also going after her own car insurance co. for more $. A broken leg, folks. Also, the college son of one of our friends was biking drunk in MSUland, ran a stop sign, and had a couple broken bones. The other insurance co. came to him and offered him $50,000 above medical bills. The kid took the $ and just laughed.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:52 a.m.

The guy may or may not have any grounds for a law suite.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:09 a.m.

What time did this occur? Was it in the evening or was it actually at night. No matter what, the bicyclist should have been wearing a helmet, but being able to see or not see him would depend largely on light conditions. Was it 11 when it was dark, or was it 8 when it was still light enough to see?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

Dye is still investigating the incident, which occurred Sunday just before 11 p.m. What is confusing about this?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:07 a.m.

Ugh,ugh, ugh!! Please use reflectors and lights.....and wear a helmet. On that stretch I would use the bike paths. Let this be a lesson. Sending positive thoughts for a quick recovery to the bicyclist.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

Me too. It is in the law about lights.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 4:13 a.m.

I really wish it was mandatory [by law] for bicyclists to wear helmets.