By Bob Uphues
UPDATED: June 23, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.
A family member contacted the Landmark to report that the woman injured June 17 when her bicycle was struck by a car at the intersection of Longcommon Road and East Burlington Street in downtown Riverside has left the hospital and is in stable condition.
A 56-year-old Brookfield woman who was injured when she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle through a Riverside intersection on Tuesday night remains in serious condition at Loyola University Medical Center, according to Riverside police.
The woman was pedaling westbound through the intersection of Longcommon Road and East Burlington Street about 9:40 p.m., when she was struck by a 2010 Volvo C70 driven by an 18-year-old Riverside Lawn man.
He was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a roadway and for having expired vehicle registration.
Riverside police said the Volvo was heading northbound on Longcommon Road and was stopped at the stop sign, waiting for a vehicle to cross. Once the westbound vehicle cleared, the Volvo driver continued north, striking the rear tire of the victim's bicycle, which reportedly had started across the intersection at the same time as the westbound vehicle.
The driver of the Volvo told police he didn't see the bicyclist, who was reportedly on the north side of the westbound vehicle. The bicycle was not equipped with lights, said police, and the victim was not wearing any contrasting clothing.
When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they reported that the victim was bleeding profusely from the face. Several bystanders stopped to help the woman until paramedics arrived. Police said the woman appeared to have suffered a serious head injury.
Tuesday's incident was the second vehicle vs. bicycle crash in downtown Riverside in as many days.
On Monday about 5:30 p.m., a 14-year-old Riverside boy's bicycle struck a minivan that was exiting a parking lot next to 30 E. Burlington St. The bicyclist, who was westbound on the sidewalk, struck the stopped minivan and flipped over the hood of the vehicle, landing on the concrete driveway.
He was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment of what police termed non-life threatening injuries.
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