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Andrea Domaskin, Published September 14 2007

Bicyclist hit by car, taken to MeritCare

A bicyclist was taken to MeritCare Hospital this morning after colliding with a car about 7:45 a.m. at Fargo’s Fourth Street South and Main Avenue.

The bicyclist was driving north on Fourth Street, on the east side of the street, and the car driver was eastbound in the left lane of Main Avenue when the two collided in the crosswalk, Fargo Police Officer Larry Heuer said.

Witnesses said the driver drove through a red light, Heuer said. It may have been difficult for the driver to see due to the angle of the morning sun, he said.

Police don’t know the extent of the bicyclist’s injuries, he said.

Mechanic Leon Nicholson was walking before the windows at Gateway Service Center, an auto repair store on the east side of the intersection, when he saw a backpack go one direction and the bicyclist go another.

“He must have went 20, 30 feet in the air,” Nicholson said.

By 8 a.m., a bicycle and bags lay on the south sidewalk, and a pair of shoes was set about 20 feet away.

A four-door Mazda was parked nearby in the eastbound left lane. Its windshield had a hole in the passenger window and a spider web of cracked glass over the rest.

Read The Forum on Saturday for more on this story.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Andrea Domaskin at (701) 241-5556