The following information was provided by Brentwood Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray regarding an incident that occurred Tuesday evening:
Unfortunately, an accident occurred last night on the 600 block of Barrington involving a cyclist and a vehicle. My partner and I were the first responders at scene. The severity of the accident moves me to encourage all cyclists to PLEASE wear helmets-- even for short trips. The cyclist is in critical condition and sadly, it doesn’t look good for him.
A man sitting in his parked vehicle opened his door just as the cyclist passed and the cyclist clipped the door sending him head first onto the pavement. Does everyone know that it is the driver’s responsibility to look behind them before opening their door? The driver was incredibly shaken and upset and did not realize, until the traffic officers gently explained to him, that he was the party likely at fault.
As our community continues to increasingly utilize cycling as a mode of transportation, please be ever aware of cyclists maneuvering throughout the traffic. And cyclists please wear your helmets and follow the rules of the road—all the rules of the road—for your own safety and protection.