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April 11, 2014

Cyclist discharged from hospital after colliding with car

SALEM — A Swampscott bicyclist was discharged yesterday from Massachusetts General Hospital, a spokeswoman said, a day after police said he crashed into a car on North and Federal streets at 4:28 p.m. and suffered a head laceration.

A police report states that the rider, identified as Casey Walker, 24, blew through the intersection at the ramp to Bridge Street Wednesday afternoon, then hit the rear passenger side of a car turning left.

“It should also be noted that the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and also had headphones in his ear at the time of the accident,” police noted in a report in the log.

When police arrived at North Street by the exit ramp, they found the cyclist lying on the ground with a head injury. Atlantic Ambulance transported the cyclist to the Boston hospital, and police took the bike for safekeeping.

The driver of the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Frances Lao, 27, of Salem told police she was taking a left turn from North Street to the off-ramp for Bridge Street. She said she had a green light with traffic on the inbound side stopped. The driver told officers she made it to the off-ramp when she heard a loud bang on the rear passenger side window, then she saw the cyclist lying on the ground.

The driver stopped, got out of the car and began to assist the bicyclist, along with several witnesses. The driver told police she never saw the bicyclist. She noted there was a white box truck or van in the right lane of the inbound side of North Street that had been stopped at the light. She believed the cyclist traveled between the van and the sidewalk.

A witness who was two to three vehicles behind the van said she saw the bicyclist pass by her on her passenger side and then fail to slow down when he entered the ramp, crashing into the Cutlass. Another witness stopped at the red light in the inbound lane gave a similar account of the cyclist passing him, entering the intersection without slowing or looking for oncoming traffic. Two other witnesses gave a similar accounts.

The investigating officers were Patrolman Brian Benson and Sgt. John Doyle.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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