Cyclist injured in crash on Highland Drive
A Jeremy Ranch woman was seriously injured Saturday when she was struck by a sport-utility vehicle in Highland Estates, authorities say.
"There were multiple hip fractures and she has had some surgery. I’m sure there were scrapes and bruises and things like that in addition," Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy Josh Wall said. "[Cyclists] don’t have the protection of doors and windows and a roof and things to protect you, so, your injuries can be much more severe."
Kay Knoop, 51, was hit near Kingsford Avenue while riding south on Highland Drive, Wall said.
"The car turned left onto Kingsford Avenue as the bike entered the intersection," Wall said, adding that the vehicle wasn’t traveling faster than 10 mph.
The SUV struck Knoop at an angle at the t-intersection around 11:45 a.m., he said.
"The bicycle is probably actually traveling faster than the car," Wall added.
The 49-year-old female driver, whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Office Thursday, was cited with a misdemeanor for failing to yield to the cyclist. Formal charges had not been filed against the Park City woman.
It could take several weeks for Knoop to recover from her injuries, Park City Fire District spokeswoman Tricia Hurd said, adding that an ambulance Saturday took Knoop to a hospital in Salt Lake City.
"The bike is totaled It was a carbon fiber frame and it broke in at least four different places," Wall said about the Specialized road bike Knoop was riding. "It certainly looks like an accident, I don’t think there was any negligence."
Besides Knoop and the driver, nobody else witnessed the crash, Wall said.
"[Knoop] went into the hood, into the windshield and off the car," he said, adding that the SUV’s hood was dented and the windshield was cracked. "[The driver] was emotionally — pretty shaken."
Bicyclists rarely collide with cars in the area considering the number of cyclists who use the roadways in Summit County, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sherm Farnsworth said.
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