Police: Injured bicyclist crossed road in front of SUV

Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.

A bicyclist seriously injured Sunday crossed in front of a Chevrolet Blazer on Northwest Eighth Avenue, according to police.

Gainesville resident Carolyn Zeman, 47, suffered serious injuries after trying to cross Northwest Eighth at the intersection of Northwest 31st Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Gainesville Police Department reported Monday.

Police said Zeman collided with the Blazer, which was headed west. According to police, the driver of the Blazer saw the bicyclist and tried to stop but was unable to avoid a collision. Zeman did not make a complete stop before crossing, police said.

An EMT transporting Zeman to the hospital said on the ambulance communication radio that she had multiple leg fractures.

Zeman was unconscious when transported to Shands at the University of Florida and remains in critical condition, police said.

The driver was not injured in the crash.

Zeman was the second bicyclist in a week to be seriously injured from collision with a vehicle in Gainesville.

Fuer Liu, 22, suffered major head trauma and was placed into a medically induced coma after being struck by an SUV around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the 3000 block of Southwest 13th Street.

Liu is now recovering from her injuries at Shands Rehabilitation Hospital.

She said she is not sure how long she will have to stay at the rehab center but says she is doing well.

“I am feeling good now, much better,” she said Monday.

Witnesses told police that Liu, a University of Florida student, did not have the cross signal and that both the north and southbound lanes had a green light when an SUV crashed into her. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

Florida law requires bicyclists to follow all traffic controls and signals. Law enforcement officers can issue a citation to a cyclist who has failed to follow Florida law. When riding on the sidewalk, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.

GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said bicyclists also can be stopped for violations while riding on roadways.

“Bicyclists riding on the roadway are required as any other vehicle to make complete stops at stop signs and traffic lights,” Tobias said.

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