My wife's first question to me when she got home from work last night was "do you carry your driver's license when you ride?"
She works in the emergency department at the hospital. Last evening a bicyclist, Paula Lucas, 54, was brought in. She had collided, head on, with another biker on the Lake Shawnee Trail--a concrete walking/riding trail. She landed on the back of her skull. She was not wearing a helmet. According to my wife, Lucas was fixed and dilated when the paramedics arrived. They resuscitated her and took her to the hospital where she eventually died. When my wife left work, Lucas was still alive and no one knew who she was because she had no id on her. I don't know if they identified her before she died.
She collided with Thomas Heikes. 58, who was also taken in with serious injuries, but my wife didn't seem to think they were life-threatening.
The official thus far is here: http://cjonline.com/stories/080307/bre_bikes.shtml I assume more will be reported on the investigation.
This might be categorized as "freak" accident. The Lake Trail is simply a winding sidewalk around the lake. I would guess she drove or rode in from a nearby neighborhood for a leisurely ride assuming that there was no reason for precautions such as head gear or id. I would assume that about anyone on this trail, but for this level of injury, at least one of them had to be clipping along. My wife says that Heikes was larger than Lucas (she would have gotten that from the paramedic/rumor mill, I think he went to a different hospital), but even so someone had to be going pretty fast. Apparently, they both swerved to avoid each other but went the same direction.
No conclusions or comment, just wanted every to hear the story. May her memory be eternal.
Update: a more expanded article located here: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/0804...88969500.shtml