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Driver cited in Decatur after hitting cyclist riding with child in tow; no injuries reported

Crime and public safety Decatur

Driver cited in Decatur after hitting cyclist riding with child in tow; no injuries reported

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The approximate location of two crashes involving cyclists.  Image obtained via Google Maps


Decatur, GA — Decatur Police say a driver was cited and a cyclist and their child were unhurt following a collision on Friday, Sept. 4.

Police responded to the call around 5:59 p.m. The incident occurred at West Howard Avenue at Atlanta Avenue, around the same spot as a Sept. 3 crash that sent a cyclist to the hospital.

According to Sgt. John Bender, the investigation revealed that, “a cyclist, with a trailer carrying a child attached, was traveling westbound in The Path/crosswalk, crossing Atlanta Avenue. A gray Chevrolet Equinox was turning eastbound onto West Howard Avenue from Atlanta Avenue and struck the bicycle. No injuries were reported. The driver of the Chevrolet was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.”

In the Sept. 3 incident, the crash happened at the intersection of West College Avenue and Atlanta Avenue.

According to Sgt. Bender, the investigation revealed the cyclist was traveling westbound on West College Avenue at Atlanta Avenue. The driver, operating a yellow Nisan Xterra, was traveling eastbound on West College Avenue when he turned northbound onto Atlanta Avenue in front of the cyclist, causing the collision.

The cyclist was transported to an area hospital for evaluation, Bender said. The driver “was charged with failure to yield while turning left, no insurance, no license plate and unlawful use of a license (limited permit) and released on citations because he was also transported to an area hospital due to medical issues,” Bender said.

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