Cyclist hit by car in Martinez

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 11:57 AM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 12:41 AM
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Emergency response personnel take a man to an ambulance after he was hit while riding his bicycle along Fury's Ferry Road at Park Lane just before 11:30 a.m.   Valerie Rowell/Staff
Valerie Rowell/Staff
Emergency response personnel take a man to an ambulance after he was hit while riding his bicycle along Fury's Ferry Road at Park Lane just before 11:30 a.m.

A bicyclist was hit by a car Thursday morning in Martinez.

Ryan Wakeman, 34, of Gibson, Ga., is in good condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He sustained what appeared to be serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, Columbia County sheriff’s Deputy Mike Miller said.

Just before 11:30 a.m., Wakeman was riding his bicycle south along Furys Ferry Road at Park Lane in front of Zaxby’s restaurant, police said. He did not stop for a red light and was hit by a Chrysler Sebring turning left onto Park Lane.

“The bicycle had a red light,” Miller said. “He said he has no brakes on his bicycle, was not able to stop and was hit.”

Wakeman was found at fault in the wreck because he didn’t stop for the red light. Bicyclists must follow motor vehicle rules of the road, Miller said.

The driver of the Chrysler – Sierra Miedema, 19, of Martinez – was not charged.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/22/11 - 12:08 pm
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God bless them but bicyclists
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God bless them but bicyclists need to learn some road manners.

Linthead
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Linthead 09/22/11 - 01:11 pm
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Pretty sad considering there

Pretty sad considering there is a dedicated bike lane all along Furys Ferry. Hopefully the cyclist was using it when he was struck. Hope to see more details as to what happened in the near future.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/22/11 - 01:48 pm
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Dedicated bicycle lane is no

Dedicated bicycle lane is no good if you don't have brakes and run a red light! Hope the cyclist rides again on a better bike.

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 09/22/11 - 04:15 pm
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Appears lately there is a

Appears lately there is a serious lack of mental capability when some folks decide to get on a bicycle.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 09/22/11 - 02:15 pm
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He knew his bike had no

He knew his bike had no brakes and he chose to ride on a road with 45 MPH speed limits and red lights? How did he think he would stop for red lights?

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 09/22/11 - 02:18 pm
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Just as there are some who

Just as there are some who lack the capability to safely drive a car. I ride my bike on the road, wish there were more roads with bike lanes in the area. Just as not all cars follow the rules of the road, there are some bikers that don't either, with disastrous consequences. For a person who legally rides wearing a helmet, bright colors, with a correctly working bike that has front and back lights, and who follows the rules of the road, there should be no problem.

Sadly this man chose to ride a bike that was not in working order and ran a red light at a busy intersection. Fortunately he was not killed. I witnessed an accident at the intersection of Ft. Gordon where a truck ran a red light and plowed into a smaller car killing the smaller car passengers. It was horrible. As I recall, the driver of the truck claimed he had no brakes also. I guess morons don't just come riding bikes, do they?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 09/22/11 - 06:01 pm
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He should also be charged
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He should also be charged with operating an unsafe vehicle. I have seen this happen several times. It happens with bike riders who have brakes just like it happens with motor vehicle drivers with brakes. You do have to stop at red lights and stop signs even if on a bike.The difference being I'd rather be in the car as opposed to on the bike. I wouldn't ever want to run over anyone even if it wasn't my fault. The guilt would be unbearable.

Vito45
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Vito45 09/22/11 - 04:02 pm
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I hope the fervent

I hope the fervent anti-biking crowd don't use this to try and broadbrush cyclists in general. To say this person was foolish is an understatement, but in no way represents the typical rider.
I keep hearing these anecdotes about stupid/inconsiderate bike riders; but I find it odd that I rarely, rarely see people doing those things. It is especially odd to me because I drive a lot more than the average citizen around here.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 09/22/11 - 04:22 pm
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Vito - I see bicyclists doing

Vito - I see bicyclists doing stupid things all the time in the downtown area. They make it look bad for those of us who use caution and common sense. One thing that is a common mistake that endangers other bike riders is riding against traffic instead of in the direction of traffic. I've been safely riding my bike with no problems and come head on to some crazy biker driving the wrong way with no helmet or safety gear heading straight for me. I've had a couple of close calls that way.

That said, most bike riders in the area ride safely. Big shout out to all our Iron Men/Women in town this week. I'll be checking you in on Saturday and helping you at the finish line on Sunday. Woot!

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 09/22/11 - 10:45 pm
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dark

dark

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 09/22/11 - 04:30 pm
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stories - "Pitch dark light

stories - "Pitch dark light rain he had no lights on his bike and was wearing clothing." ROFLOL! I'm so glad he wasn't naked, lol (jk). I'm just joshing you, I know you meant dark clothing, but it was good to laugh. Thank you for that light hearted moment. Goodness knows I've given my share of them.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 09/22/11 - 04:37 pm
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My personal favorite is the

My personal favorite is the bike rider I was following who blew through two stop signs in a neighborhood in Lexington and was nailed by -there is justice- a motorcycle- at the third. Her rationale? As she moaned to the officers and paramedics, "That ****ing driver was supposed to stop!"

tckr1983
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tckr1983 09/22/11 - 04:57 pm
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Vito Last couple of weeks

Vito

Last couple of weeks I've seen a bicyclist on Washington Road (Friday at 6pm, Alexander Drive), a bicyclist on River Watch Parkway, a bicyclist ON Evans to Locks Road (not using the bike path right next to the road) and a bicyclist on Hardy McManus with no head lamp or reflective material on at 6am (night)...

It's a growing trend and often leaving me to wonder what SOME cyclists are thinking...

Cyclists are well within legal rights/sanity to ride bikes on busy roads and you CAN swim with a great white shark if you want to... I wouldn't recommend either one personally. And if there is a bike path next to a road, use it!

Vito45
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Vito45 09/22/11 - 05:04 pm
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Cassandra, I admit that I

Cassandra, I admit that I drive more in ColCo than downtown, so maybe I'm missing some of the worst offenders.

While you are doing the shipping and receiving on these tremendous athletes, I will be handing out water, energy drinks/ bars at the SORBA aid station in SC. Last year it was raining and nasty all day; hopefully Sunday will be better.

Linthead
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Linthead 09/22/11 - 06:31 pm
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It's clear to me that this

It's clear to me that this cyclist was at fault. Inevitably this was going to happen to him sooner or later.
Glad he's come away from it alive.
Also, cyclists come in many different forms from recreational to those that have no other means of transportation (as is the case here).
However, the one common factor that is present in small numbers of all types of "cyclists", is ignorance.
One bad apple spoils the bunch and in this case one more ignorant cyclist has given more fuel to the fire that rages inside of the ignorant comments that are posted by those that lump all cyclists together.

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Willow Bailey 09/22/11 - 07:11 pm
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My daughter witnessed this

My daughter witnessed this accident today. So, glad to hear the cyclist is going to be okay. Bike with no brakes, not good. Maybe he just discovered it on his ride. Blessings on you, Ryan Wakeman, make your life count!

Vito, hope the weather is great and all of you have a wonderful time at Ironm/w.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/22/11 - 09:43 pm
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Ryan Washman is either one

Ryan Washman is either one lucky dude or one total fool- riding a bicycle with no brakes is a death wish. He was lucky he wasn't killed.

Vito45
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Vito45 09/22/11 - 10:43 pm
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Thanks Willow; a nice, DRY,

Thanks Willow; a nice, DRY, sunshiny day of about 75 degrees would be SUPER!

Last year I was just amazed at the sheer number of people able to compete in this even. The one that brought tears to my eyes was the man pedaling his bicycle with only one leg. Of course, his foot was attached to the pedal; but after watching him pedal up that hill on his way to a 50+ mile ride, I felt pretty darned small thereafter when I got fatigued, or worse, too lazy to get off the sofa and get out on the trails. And the competitors were so gracious and appreciative of the volunteers coming out to help them and root them on. I could not begin to count the kudos and thanks they offered as they passed our station.
The public should really try to at least get out somewhere along the routes to give these folks an attaboy. It is a great event for Augusta and I will volunteer to help every time it comes. (2 more years if I am not mistaken)

Cadence
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Cadence 09/23/11 - 01:13 am
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I remember riding my bike as

I remember riding my bike as a kid and the brakes went (I think the chain came off). I rode round and round a court picking up speed, knowing that the only way to stop was to fall (it was a big bike and I was short). I finally got my nerve and took the plunge. Skinned both my knees. Sorry this has nothing to do with the news item; I just suddenly had a memory. I'm done now.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/23/11 - 05:03 am
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no brakes on his bike? How

no brakes on his bike? How dumb is that. What does he do drag his feet to slow himself down?

swcohen
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swcohen 09/23/11 - 08:12 am
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"Wouldn't you really rather

"Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?"

This fellow is not competent to ride a bicycle on the road with motor traffic. His skill level makes him much better suited to drive a car instead. I don't mean to sound harsh, but a bicycle isn't a toy. (OK, it is if you're six.)

I do hope he heals swiftly and completely.

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