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Injured Bicyclist Remains Hospitalized

The crash on Red Hawk Parkway and Overland Trail threw the young woman from her bike, causing the un-helmeted rider major injuries, officials said.

A young woman critically injured when her bicycle collided with a van driven by a 70-year-old woman remained hospitalized Saturday.

The crash on Red Hawk Parkway, at Overland Trail, was reported about 12:30 p.m.

The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet, authorities said, adding that the bike and van were traveling in the same direction.

To read about the crash, please click here.

Brenda April 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Thank God, and praying for a swift recovery for this young lady, and strength for the family. Critically is just a word, lets pray tomorrow for an upgrade. That they have not moved her to Loma Linda or UCSD is a good sign they can handle it here right? More information on accident, both going same direction, 70 yr old woman driving the van?
BK April 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Good morning Brenda! Have you seen any news about the next of kin? I haven't seen anyone come forward. Since she didn't have any identification I certainly hope here n.o.k. has been reading this to know that their loved one is hospitalized. I saw the update to the story about them both traveling in the same direction. How can a van "slam" into the bicyclist if they are traveling in the same direction unless she slammed into her from behind, which did not occur from all accounts? I am totally baffled on this one Brenda. I will continue to pray for the young lady. That is all I can do at this point.
Ray Vazquez April 29, 2012 at 06:42 PM
it was a man driving the van he looked about 50 yrs old...also she was hit from behind How do we get an update on her condition?
JJ April 29, 2012 at 06:44 PM
will pray for this young lady! what the heck is going on? nobody pays any attn: to those that are out there and riding around, when we grew up nothing like this happ..everyone respectful of those on bikes, walking on streets..not hit and keep going as if they didn't see them! what is wrong with everyone, medications they are on to numb the senses!
Bridget's Mom April 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Her name is Bridget, she is 14. She is at Inland Valley with serious head trauma. Her situation is "unpredictable" but the doctors think she has a good chance. She is a very strong person with a family history of survival. It doesn't matter how it happened, the van driver did not mean to hurt her, it was an accident. Nothing matters except her recovery. Thank all of you for your prayers. Ray, I don't have words to express how I feel... I cry as I write this, thank you so very much.
Leviathan April 30, 2012 at 01:58 PM
If she is 14 where was her helmet as the law requires?
Karentheworld April 30, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Thank you for posting. I live in that tract of homes and left the house at 12:15 to pick up my daughter. By the time I tried to return home at 12:30, the streets were blocked. All I could think about was if the family knew, as so many children leave the house without Identification. I pray for her recovery and strength for your family.
Fauntleroy Murphy April 30, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Let's focus on this beautiful young ladies recovery. You can google the helmet laws if you need an answer to your question.
Robyn May 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Sending prayers for Bridget. That's a good strong name for a strong girl. And to Bridgets Mom, just keep in mind that prayer about Footprints. The Lord carries us through the tough times when we can't carry ourselves.
Bridget's Mom May 01, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Bridget is making progress, becoming more alert. She should be able to get off the ventilator today. I've learned that there was at least four good samaritans at the scene helping her. My thanks go out to all of you!!! Thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts.
V.W.D.S. May 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Prayers for Bridget that she recovers from this quickly. Thank you for the update. As a mother of daughters, I can only imagine the stress and anguish of seeing your daughter injured. Stay strong!
Brenda May 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
We got our update there BK, and thank god for "Mom of Bridget" taking the time to let us know how she is doing. Fabulous news to wake up to this morning. Ray not sure where you get your information huney. Oh, you were there. Well, it might not be something we will know much about for awhile, but all news agencies say it was a 70 yr old woman driving, whereas you say it was a 50 yr old man? I do not see much if any damage to the back of her bike(a van would have driven her over if hit from the back I would think) its all to the front tire. So I can only guess it say he appears that the van made a right in front of the bike, bike runs into side of van. Only other scenerio is the bike rider ran into the back of the van? That would seem highly unlikely. All we do know is they were going in the same lane at this point. Same Direction. We just keep praying for Bridget's fast recovery to her 100% 14 yr old self :)
Rick Peoples May 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hi, I want to send along my prayers for your daughter. We are holding our annual Ride of Silence next week for people hurt while cycling in Temecula. If you allow us, we would like to ride this year in her honor. Please contact me if you would agree to that. rickpeoples@hotmail.com Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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