September 19, 2014

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Teen bicyclist critically injured after being hit by vehicle

LORAIN – A teenager riding a bike Wednesday on Washington Avenue was critically injured after he was hit by an oncoming car at an intersection.

Curtis Henderson, 52, of Lorain, was driving a 2000 Chevy Impala eastbound on Tower Boulevard at 6:08 p.m. Wednesday when he collided with a bicyclist in the intersection at Washington Avenue, according to a press release from the Lorain Police Department.

The bicyclist, a 14-year-old Lorain resident, was thrown from the bicycle and landed in the median.

After impact, Henderson ran off the road and into the median, where he hit a utility pole and a traffic sign before stopping. Both he and his passenger were uninjured in the crash.

The bicyclist, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken from the scene by LifeCare to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he was immediately taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with critical injuries, according to the release. He was still in critical condition on Wednesday morning.

The road in the area of the crash was closed while the scene was investigated. The traffic bureau was assisted by the Lorain Fire Department and Fritz’s Towing Service.

The accident is under investigation by the Traffic Bureau’s Accident Reconstruction Team. Neither alcohol nor drugs appears to be a factor in the crash, according to the release.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the traffic bureau at (440) 204-2115.

The case will be presented to the prosecutor’s office once the investigation is complete. No charges have been filed at this time.


  • Americaschild

    That 52 yr old driver needs to go to jail! Bikes have the right of way and at 6 pm it’s hard to miss a 14 year old biker!

    • golfingirl

      As a driver, a cyclist must follow the traffic rules. The majority of automobile – bicycle accidents are because of a FALSE belief by bicyclists that they have the right of way.

      They Do NOT. They are required to follow the same traffic laws as the driver of a motorized vehicle. This is the law!

      If the bike came off Washington Ave, onto Tower, as the story states….by law, the bicyclist has to stop at the stop sign on Washington. Tower does not have any stop sign at that intersection.

      So why should the driver go to jail? He was not even cited for the accident.

      • JasonII

        Well said, golfingirl. As an avid cyclist, it makes me very angry when I see people riding bicycles and not obeying the traffic laws. And it makes me just as angry when I see motorists who obviously do not know that a cyclist has just as much right to the road as the motorist. BOTH are required to follow the Ohio traffic laws.

    • Scout

      That’s an unfair statement. You don’t have all the facts so you can’t make a blanket pronouncement that the driver should go to jail. As for the bike having the right of way golfingirl is correct. They too have to follow all traffic laws-including signaling with their hands when making a turn.

    • Joe Smith

      Bikes are considered a vehicle just like the car and have no more right of way than any other vehicle.

  • Patty Siniard Doman

    I agree ,I’m sure he was speeding ,I pray the teen will be okay .

    • stillsleepyeyes

      I’m sure that the 14yr old wasn’t speeding…………..

      • Patty Siniard Doman

        I meant the driver ,lol.

    • golfingirl

      If he was speeding, I am sure he would have been cited.

      So, exactly what makes you so “sure” he was speeding?

      A kid darts out on a bike from a crossroad and the driver is guilty of injuring him?

      • HankKwah

        No doubt. Considering the teens that I’ve seen “playing” in the area, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the kid just rode out onto Tower, with the typical “I don’t give a (squat)” attitude.

  • WTFnext

    I hope the boy is okay, but why is everyone assuming the driver had to be at fault? Some of these teens in Lorain will ride down the road four or five wide and they WILL NOT move for motor vehicles. There are some obnoxious kids in Lorain, and probably everywhere else these days. All I can say is one word: UPBRINGING!

  • Scout

    This was a very unfotunate accident. I hope that bicyclist will be ok. As for the driver, people think about how they feel. I’m sure they are just as upset that someone was injured by their vehicle-I know I would be quite upset. The police accident investigators will sort it out and hopefully we well get a follow up story as to the outcome.

  • Whatrdafax

    No one knows the circumstances yet, that’s why the investigation. I am surprised there are not more bicycle-car accidents in this area. A bicycle was my main transportation as a teenager. In this area, I am stunned by the common practice of riding on the wrong side of the road, lack of lights or even proper reflectors, no hand signals. In my home town, bicycles had to be LICENSED to be ridden on the street -just like any other vehicle. Sure police have better things to do, but we need to crack down on the bone-headed adults on bikes, and the irresponsible parents of kids who ride stupidly. I’ve seen kids out at 10:00 PM and later weaving around on roads with no lights, no reflectors. Maybe none of this is a factor in this case -but the rush to condemn the driver is wrong and typical.