A woman suffered life threatening injuries today when a van hit her as she rode a bicycle across Redhawk Parkway.
The 18- to 20-year-old woman, who had no identification on her, was crossing the street around 12:25 p.m. near Paseo Parallan in Redhawk when a black tour van slammed into her, knocking her off her bike, according to Sgt. John Magnan of the .
The woman, who was not wearing a helmet, was knocked unconscious and bleeding profusely. She was originally thought to be fatally injured, but after emergency workers treated her, they realized she had a chance to pull through, the sergeant said.
"At first, we thought it was (a fatality collision), but she started showing some hand movements," Magnan said.
She was rushed to a hospital and was in surgery as of publication time to treat severe head trauma, according to Investigator Daniel Hoctor.
"The doctor says she'll be there for a while," he said.
The van's driver is suspected of no wrong-doing, and drugs and alcohol were likely not involved, Sgt. Magnan said.
The victim was likely crossing the street out of turn, according to the sergeant. "The light was red, based on what we hear from witnesses," he said. "The light turned green (for traffic on Redhawk Parkway), the bus started moving, and somehow they made contact."
Investigators were on the scene around 3:30 p.m. today trying to reconstruct the events. "We've got to try to figure out exactly what went on here," the sergeant said.
Officials were trying to identify the victim as of publication time.