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Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 8:53 a.m.

Driver cited after collision with bicyclist in Ypsilanti

By Lee Higgins

A woman was cited for failing to yield Sunday after she pulled her Honda Civic out in front of a bicyclist and caused a collision, an Ypsilanti police incident log said.

No one was injured in the 3:51 p.m. crash at the intersection of West Michigan and Second avenues, police said.

A 48-year-old man was riding his bicycle east on West Michigan Avenue when the 19-year-old driver pulled her car in front of him, the log said. His bicycle struck the vehicle.

It's unclear which direction she was traveling.

She told police her driver's side window was foggy, and she could not see clearly out of it, the log said. No other details were available.


Paul the Malcontent

Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 7:43 p.m.

"Foggy windows! Great excuse." Having gone out a few hours later on Sunday, this was probably true. Still doesn't excuse pulling out in front of the cyclist though, or absolve the driver of culpability. Also agree when LouisGR's observes, "I've seen both drivers and bicyclists in this town do some pretty stupid things."

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Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 4:41 p.m.

Hard to know what happened when none of us was there. I've seen both drivers and bicyclists in this town do some pretty stupid things. With the rain on Sunday, this woman's window probably did fog up but she should have rolled it down to clear it if she was turning into traffic.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 3:23 p.m.

Maybe the Prosecuting Attorney can charge her with Negligent Acceleration and throw the book at her. Seems to be the norm in cases such as this (accidents) should it happen to occur in Ann Arbor.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 1:31 p.m.

I've been hit twice by motorists, (not injured) and both times the drivers failed to look in the direction they were going before proceeding forward. Had they looked they would have seen me right in front of them. Both times I was at a light and I had the right of way (green light).I try and make eye contact with all drivers before proceeding. So you can never assume the (even if you have the right of way) that a driver is paying attention. I've been driving / cycling for over 40 years.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 1:07 p.m.

No comment on this particular incident but the tension between cyclists and motorists seems to be getting much higher in England. See: See also:


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 10:19 a.m.

Without, a robust, whole hearted appilcation, the greatess knowledge in the world, is useless.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 10:15 a.m.

Shoot, no matter how many times I reread the submission, I still missed something. Every rider _thinks_ he, or, she is the best rider, to ever step foot on the face of the planet.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 10:07 a.m.

There is a need, for defensive driving, and or, riding, at all times. Always expect, the unexpected, to blindly assume anything, could be a killer assumption. Never exceed the speed beyond the mechanical capability of your brakes, to bring the bike, to a safe stop. And, never exceed the capability of riders skills, ya I know, everyone things they are the best rider, to ever set foot on the face of the planet, but road conditions can bring that expectation down, very quickly, i e: holes, cracks, wet pavement, loose dirt and gravel, and drain covers. Best of all, leave the attitude, chip on your shoulder, and such, at home. Don't count on luck, or, lawyers, to bring you new found wealth.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 9:49 a.m.

Foggy windows! Great excuse.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 9:30 a.m.

Was she on her cell phone?