Driver hits tandem cyclists on Parmer
Cyclists do not have life-threatening injuries
Updated: Tuesday, 03 Nov 2009, 5:34 PM CST
Published : Tuesday, 03 Nov 2009, 8:07 AM CST
* Mary Lee
* Shane Allen
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Two lanes of West Parmer Lane were shut down just north of McNeil after tandem cyclists were hit, according to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. The roadway has since reopened.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials said 54-year-old Susan Madson, who was driving a Dodge Stratus, struck the bicyclists around 6 a.m. Tuesday close to the intersection of Dallas and Parmer at the 7000 block of West Parmer Lane.
DPS said husband and wife Samuel and Angie Hughes were rushed to the University Medical Center Brackenridge without life-threatening injuries. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Samuel was in good condition, while Angie was in critical condition.
"I'm out on the road quite a bit," said Don Massey, Cyclist.
Massey hits the road on Parmer Lane everyday.
"It seems to be getting more dangerous," said Massey. "I think drivers are getting more aggressive."
Sometimes, it is a battle on the roadway.
"I've had apples thrown at my from passing cars," Massey. "I'm trying to be a little more cautious myself."
Early Tuesday morning, Madson apparently hit the couple who was riding down the street.
The accident comes just one day after the City of Austin's new bike laws took effect. Under the new laws, drivers must give bicyclists a three-foot buffer zone. However, this area does not fall within Austin City Limits.
Angie Granados lives nearby.
"When I drive around this area," said Granados. "There are always bicyclists. I know it's a pretty dangerous area."
Massey just wants the roads safer for both cyclists and drivers.
"Just a little understanding," said Massey. "We're all out here. We all have rights. Let's just share the road."
There is no word on if citations were issued.