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UPDATE: Van Hits Cyclist, Injuries Life Threatening

An unidentified woman was hit by a tour van and was in surgery to save her life, officials say.

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.

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Brenda April 29, 2012 at 04:03 AM
BK, as far as witnesses, I hope they are not just trying to get their name in the paper because there would be very few that would have seen what happened on that side of the van. Know what I mean? The van is huge, bike is small and unless you were directly on that side of the van it would be diffiuclt to know exactly what happened. I think that is why we do not have any clearer story. They do not have one and are probably waiting to get something from the young girl, but in her condition, which we do not know the extent of, it may be a while before we know anything further. Hoping she has a fast recovery and that surgery went well and she is resting comfortably right now.
BK April 29, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I hear you Brenda. If no one was on that side, it would be difficult to know what happened, unless it happened where the van smacked her from the front. I hope she has a fruitful, speedy recovery also. I don't want the authorities badgering her when she is able to recap what happened. That in itself can be traumatizing. I am sure they have questioned the van operator, but as they say, there are two sides to every story. Let's hope these two match.
5150 April 29, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Too many fat cops in this town
gringoannie April 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Yadda-yadda... David's comment was not worthy of publication... and LDS, a bit ageist are we?
K4299R April 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Brenda, when one is driving a bicycle on the street along with cars, per CA Vehicle Code, they are now considered a vehicle and must adhere to all traffic regulations. On a bike = not a pedestrian, no automatic right of way.
Ray Vazquez April 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I think a stupid Idea is giving people a forum to run there mouth when they have no idea what actually happened!!!
Anna April 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Ray, thank you so much for stopping and helping her! Good to know there are still decent human beings in this world! I hope she is ok. It doesn't really matter who is at fault. Point is, a child was severely hurt and the driver was severely scarred, as were the witnesses. Lets all just make a commitment to be more aware. :)
Brenda April 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Annie, was it necessary to come in and make a comment like that? It wastes paper.
Brenda April 30, 2012 at 01:26 AM
K4299R=== You mean to tell me that a big black people carrier van can be driving side by side a bike going the same way and a van can cut off the bike, running it over, to make a right and its the bikes fault for what? Going straight on a green? Ahh giving some sort of arm signal I dont know about so that that van that didnt see her in the first place can see she intends on going straight, not making a right like the van? Hopefully this post sounds as ridiculous as yours, as it is meant to. IT IS Not possible for two cars to be in that position first, one in a bike lane, or close to curb, with the other car turning right in front of it. Well I guess anything is possible, but you get my drift, so in this situation the van would have to STOP for the bike to continue ON THRU, STRAIGHT THRU her green light.
Brenda April 30, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Thank God you and others were there to help her immediately Ray. I believe the first ones near you when you are hurt in an accident, such as this, is what helps to pull you through those first parts before the medics get there and get you to the hospital. Everyone is praying she is on the road to recovery after such a horrific incident and her pain is far less now, is awake and talking.
Brenda April 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Ray, Comments sections are for the running of fingers, but if we were all face to face we would state the same thoughts, ideas, assumptions, ideas on how it could have happened, how the young woman is doing, giving prayers for her recovery, and to the driver of the black passenger van and both of their families. I am sure this has not been easy on the 70 yr old woman who was driving the van either. If you have ever driven one of those or the like they are huge and alot more to get around a corner then a normal size car. She must be beside herself and never want to drive again, as I sure would be. In these forums/comment areas alot of people are helped also by getting updated on current laws, and alot of them are covered in this particular thread. So they are helpful to alot of people and prayers go around and around and around and if you believe in them then its all the more we do for the victim, friends, relatives of the bus driver also. Ray and you do not have to read these at all. Pick and choose articles you want to read and if the comments dont interest you then don't waste your time reading them. But as I said, most of us learn alot in these threads by people that know a bit of this and that, and have statistics on this and that and help us all understand issues better. So we will continue to read and comment if we have one to contribute. Also, none of us will know what happened 100% until the investigation happened.
Bridget's Mom April 30, 2012 at 01:33 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.
K4299R April 30, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Brenda, it isn't ridiculous. My comment wasn't anyways, yours shows your lacking of knowledge about the laws. Go ahead and look in the vehicle code... If someone is operating a bicycle on the street it is treated as a vehicle, meaning it CAN be at fault. I'm not saying she is, just pointing out your previous statement of she had the right of way was wrong. I too pray she pulls through without any permanent damage and it isn't for us to decide who was at fault. Just saying it is possible a bicycle rider could be, calm down.
LDS April 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Here is what the DMV handbook says about cars making right turns in front of bikes. Bicycle Lanes "A bicycle lane is a designated traffic lane for bicyclists, marked by a solid white line, typically breaking into a dotted line ending before it reaches the corner. Different from a simple white line showing the edge of the road, a bicycle lane follows specific width requirements and is clearly marked as a bike lane. Treat a bicycle lane the same as other traffic lanes. Do not turn into the lane if there is a bicyclist in the bike lane. Do not obstruct bicycle traffic by reducing the width required for safe bicycle passage, typically 3 to 4 feet. When you are making a right turn and are within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you must enter the bicycle lane only after ensuring there is no bicycle traffic, and then make the turn. Do not drive in the bicycle lane at any other time. You may park in a bicycle lane if your vehicle does not block a bicyclist and/or there is not a "No Parking" sign posted. Drivers of motorized bicycles should use bicycle lanes carefully to avoid collisions with bicyclists." http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/traffic_lanes.htm
LDS April 30, 2012 at 06:09 PM
CVC 21209 http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21209.htm "(b) This section does not prohibit the use of a motorized bicycle in a bicycle lane, pursuant to Section 21207.5, at a speed no greater than is reasonable or prudent, having due regard for visibility, traffic conditions, and the condition of the roadway surface of the bicycle lane, and in a manner which does not endanger the safety of bicyclists." I think it's safe to say that the majority of motorists do not understand how to interact with people on bikes and pedestrians.
KB April 30, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Cutting through neighborhoods is a form of aggressive driving.
Cik Bast April 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Firstly, bless the child. Lastly. . .Christ...here we go. Another excuse to be used by liberals to throw money at something that is a non-issue, further draining the financial resources of which California does not have due to the hundreds of thousands of other false issues that these socialists feel everyone should pay for. Use a cross-walk.
Brenda May 01, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Bridget a beautiful name, and thank you Mom for taking a moment to update us on her injury and recovery. The Prayers from the patch readers are strong, with Bridgets young age, her family history of love, survival and strength, our prayers will continue to ask for Bridget's recovery a bit more each day. God Bless Bridget as the Lord rocks you in his arms, while your body heals and to MOM and family and friends who are her biggest strength. Remember this, when we are put into that coma state to heal, we remember little bits of things. I remember so many special things from my family saying things to me, or my husband getting a nurse to clean my eyes and mouth area's. I remember my mom who is disabled being there, and she was! But just so you know, all of the talking you do to us, we do hear you. :) God Bless
Brenda May 01, 2012 at 02:56 AM
LDS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CODES. THAT IS THE WAY I HAVE ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD IT TO BE. Bottom line, bikes and pedestrians have right of way, so we look for them better in my opinion. If PATCH was to do a survey and ask who has been almost run over on a bike. Who has been actually hit on a bike. Who has almost been run over while walking. Who has been hit while walking. How many have almost been hit on a motorcycle. How many have been hit on a motorcycle. **Add a phrase, do not count, that we were responsible for*** Then see where we are. I know that I can say yes to all 4 of those, and some several times would be my answer. I am sure this would be a horrendous amount of people. "When you are making a right turn and are within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you must enter the bicycle lane only after ensuring there is no bicycle traffic, and then make the turn. Do not drive in the bicycle lane at any other time." That is the bottom line. Bascially it says, do not be anywhere near a bike rider do not turn, do not get into the bike lane, and if you do need to turn there you had better not be within 200ft of a bike rider before you turn. NO matter what the bike rider intends on doing, straight, turn, stop. Says no stopping in a bike lane for any reason. Ray, I don't see where anyone said this girl was NOT paying attention. Traffic Accidents are unfortunate, but still someone is at fault, and did not obey a law.
Alex May 01, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Make sure Bridget knows we're all rooting for her. My name is Alex, I was at the scene. Gave up my shirt to try and help stop the bleeding. I've been scouring the news trying to find out Bridget's name so I could tell her myself through facebook or something. People like Ray, the two nurses, and the off duty San Diego Fire Fighter that stopped are heroes. We all hope and pray for a speedy recovery.
Brenda May 01, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Alex, what a very special group of angel's right there at the right time! That is a miracle in itself that the Lord put you all together at the right moment in time. :) This is a wonderful thing to hear.
Bridget's Mom May 01, 2012 at 01:36 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.
BK May 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Thank you very much for the update Mom! This is great news! Like you, I'd like to thank Alex, the nurses, the fireman, Ray, and all others who aided in saving Bridget's life. Each of you made a huge difference in someone's life. You have certainly earned the respect of many.
Brenda May 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
YES! This is indeed wonderful news to hear this morning! Getting off the ventilator is a huge step and she got to it fast, wtg and all that Bridget! You are an inspiration to everyone, as are the people who were around you that day for a reason, to help you, and so you could hear their voices, those voices and touch that keep you hanging on, even when you want to close your eyes. You will never taste anything better then Inland Valley's jello when they wake you up and get the ventilator out! I ate bowl after bowl it tasted so good! My first bowl was green jello!! Enjoy little Lady.
Ray Vazquez May 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I am so happy to here Bridget's is making progress I haven't been able to stop thinking about her since that day -Ray
Bridget's Mom May 04, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Bridget was transferred to LLU Children's. Her extubation was delayed but happened today and she started talking immediately. Some memory loss but her brain is still very swollen. She's got a long road but at least it looks like she'll be able to travel it.
Jaden May 09, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Sorry but I was there seconds later and the orientation of the bike would be completely wrong for the van turning into her or for her heading south. he front of the bike was in the middle of what would be the southbound right lane facing to the right. She had to ride in front of the van....
Temecula resident May 09, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Thank you Bridget's Mom. We've all been wondering how she was doing. We live in the area and drive by there all the time. I saw some flowers and candles + a cross and came home scouring the net looking for info. Thanks for the update, our prayers are with Bridget and her family and we hope she recovers rapidly. Please keep us updated on her progress...
Ray Vazquez May 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
thats because we tossed the bike out of the way so we could help Bridget
Brenda June 06, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Bridget's Mom, Was wondering for an update on your daughter, see if she is home and making a fast recovery, with the normal requests for Ice Cream, candy, a new puppy and all those fun things? If you still connect to this article, if you have time please drop us an update. Have been waiting for news on her, and the accident itself.

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