Kalamazoo man in serious condition following bike crash

Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A 20-year-old Kalamazoo man is in serious condition after he was hit head-on riding his bike.

The crash happened on Westnedge near Whitcomb, just north of Whites Road, and police say the cyclist is at fault.

The victim suffered some serious head injuries, as police say he was trying to dodge oncoming traffic with a friend, and the driver likely never saw him coming.

"I heard a thump, and as soon as I looked up, the bike was flying over the car; I don't know where the kid ended up," said eyewitness Chuck Anderson.

Anderson was one of the dozens of drivers traveling on Westnedge Tuesday morning, who witnessed a car strikign a bike head-on near Whitcomb.

"The bike came in between the cars here, and he didn't even have a chance, the cars didn't...I don't think she even seen him," Anderson said.

The 20-year-old was able to make it to the side of the road with the help of a friend, with many nearby rushing to help and call 9-1-1.

"Several citizens did stop and rendered aid, he does have a head laceration, I don't know how serious," said Kalamazoo Public Safety Sergeant Matt Schemenauer while on the scene.

Kalamazoo Public Safety was on the scene minutes after the crash, along with paramedics, who worked to stablize the victim who was bleeding from the head.

"The traffic southbound was stopped and the bikers attempted to weave through there; did not have the right of way, and was struck by the vehicle," Sgt. Schemenauer said.

The driver was visibly shaken on-scene as the biker was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The split second decision by the bicyclist will lead to months of recovery.

Police say the vicitm will likely be issued a ticket for causing the crash.

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