The Norman Transcript

August 29, 2013

Bicycle riders hospitalized after separate crashes

Both crashes took place in southeast Norman

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A woman riding a bicycle was transported to the hospital Thursday afternoon after colliding with a turning motorcycle at 12th Avenue Southeast and Lindsey Street. 

Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said as the motorcycle was making a right turn at the intersection just before 2 p.m. Thursday, the woman was crossing the street on her bicycle when she ran into the motorcycle. 

The woman was transported by EMSStat to Norman Regional Hospital with some head pains, Easley said. 

The driver of the motorcycle, who was not injured, was taken into custody after police found out he had a canceled, suspended or revoked driver’s license, Easley said. 


Bicyclist struck by car 

A 19-year-old female was transported to the hospital on Wednesday night after she was struck by a car in southeast Norman. 

The accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. at Classen Boulevard and Lindsey Street. 

According to the incident report,  Melissa C. Rosas of Norman sustained injuries to her head, arms and legs, said Easley. She was transported by EMSStat to Norman Regional Hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Kelly Wells said Rosas was treated for her injuries and released. 

Rosas was crossing the street on her bicycle when a Dodge Challenger traveling west on Lindsey Street, turned right to go northbound on Classen Boulevard and struck her. The driver of the car was identified as Sean Waggoner, 30, of Norman.

Witnesses on the scene told police that Rosas had a clear to cross signal and the driver of the Challenger had his turning signal on. However, when Waggoner turned, instead of staying in the closest right hand lane, he took a wide turn and switched lanes, Easley said. 

Neither of the individuals were cited, he said.

While motorists are required to yield to pedestrians and required to make proper turns, bicyclists who want the protection of a pedestrian must walk their bike across the crosswalk, Easley said. 

— Jessica Bruha, Transcript Staff