Bicyclist hit by inebriated driver, left in critical condition

January 3rd, 2012 - by DKRPA

Two weeks ago, a 65-year-old man was riding his bicycle in a bike lane in Palm Beach when he was hit by a passing car. The crash sent the man’s head into the car’s windshield and left the 65-year-old with some serious injuries, including an unspecified brain injury, a laceration on his head, and multiple rib fractures.

The man was flown to a nearby hospital and is in critical condition. Negligence on the part of the driver appears to have played a large role in the accident. The woman driving the car admitted to police that she had taken drugs prior to the crash. When the woman was brought in for a blood test, it was determined she was too dehydrated for the test to come back accurately.

Negligent driving can be fatal, and for this woman it seems her negligence was only getting worse. Incredibly the woman was involved in three accidents within a few days of this bike crash, according to police. The Assistant State Attorney said the woman is “a danger to the community, by all means.”

A judge ordered that the woman, being charged with DUI property damage and DUI serious body injury to another, surrender her passport as she had a vacation to Japan planned. She will also be supervised while released on a $100,000 bail bond and have to take random drug tests.

The woman maintains that the bicyclist “wobbled over” into her lane, but officers at the scene described her as sluggish and forgetful, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Source: Palm Beach Post, “Palm Beach woman who crashed into cyclist ordered held on $100,000 bond,” Alexandra Seltzer, Dec. 22, 2011