A 29-year-old city man was recovering from severe leg injuries Wednesday in a Syracuse hospital after he swerved his bicycle into oncoming traffic Monday, according to city police.
The man was struck about 5:35 p.m. on Broadway Avenue, was flung about 25-feet across the pavement during the crash, and broke his leg, possibly dislocating his knee, said Lt. David Guerrera.
The man, whose name was not released by police, was pedaling north on Broadway between the intersections of Pashley Drive and Warren Street when he was passed by a pickup truck traveling south, Guerrera said. Just after the truck passed, the 29-year-old suddenly veered into the southbound lane, he said. An oncoming 2019 Buick SUV struck the man, Guerrera said.
The 22-year-old woman driving the Buick could not have seen him before he suddenly crossed into her lane because the truck had blocked the bicyclist from her sight, he said.
“She didn’t see him until the last minute, so she hit him pretty hard,” Guerrera said. The man was pushed onto the SUV’s hood during the collision and was then catapulted about 25-feet when she braked, ultimately landing on the pavement, he said.
The man was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was still recuperating as of about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Guerrera said.
It is unclear why the bicyclist made a sharp left-hand turn into oncoming traffic, he said, adding he might have been aiming for a driveway that would have given him access to the sidewalk.
The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and a yellow fluorescent safety vest at the time of the accident, Guerrera said.
As the man swerved suddenly into her lane, the Buick’s driver was not ticketed, he said. The bicyclist was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way.