A bicyclist was hospitalized after being hit by a car in San Clemente. (Photo: David Bro | Orange County Register)
Bicycle accident: A female cyclist was hospitalized Monday after she was struck by a car at a dangerous five-way intersection in San Clemente.
• A large car hit a cyclist and ran over her bike at a busy five-way intersection in San Clemente.
• The cyclist was hospitalized.
• Residents said the intersection is dangerous because there are no traffic lights and drivers often ignore stop signs.
The accident occurred at about 9:45 a.m. at the ntersection of West Avenida de Los Lobos Marinos and South Ola Vista, according to a report in the Orange County Register.
San Clemente chief of police John Coppock said 39-year-old Laguna Niguel resident Angela Peebles was riding a bicycle southbound on South Ola Vista when she was struck by a 1987 Chrysler.
The driver of the Chrysler was 90-year-old Janis Wyatt of San Clemente, Coppock said.
News photos show that the car ran over the bicycle and Peebles was knocked off. She was lying in the street when neighbors heard her screaming and ran out to see if they could help, according to resident Adriana Santini.
“We came out and she was just lying there howling,” Adriana Santini told the Register. Santini said Peebles was riding with her husband,
An off-duty county paramedic stopped to assist Peebles and waited with her until an ambulance arrived. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo to be treated for injuries she suffered in the accident. Police called the injuries minor. (Minor injuries can include bone fractures, lacerations, strains and sprains, and many other injuries that are not life-threatening. )
Residents say the busy five-way intersection where the accident took place is dangerous because it is not controlled by traffic lights. Todd Snider, who has lived near the intersection for 27 years, told the Register that cars often speed through and ignore the stop signs.
Coppock said police would monitor the intersection but no specific plans for increased enforcement were planned. The accident is under investigation.
What is a minor injury?
Police and firefighter classifications of “minor injuries” can be misleading. Even a so-called “minor” injury may be far more serious than it initially appears and can have a major impact on the victim’s life. Some injuries aren’t even evident until days or weeks after an accident.
Injuries that are designated as “minor” may include whiplash, strains, sprains, lacerations, and bone fractures. All of these types of injuries may vary in severity.
* Whiplash, for example, is neck injury caused by sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, as often occurs in car accidents, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It may not be noticed for several days, yet it can cause stiffness and numbness in the head, neck, back, shoulders, and arms. The initial symptoms may appear to go away and then return for months or even years, according to the NIH report.
* Strains and sprains are soft tissue injuries. Strains can cause pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle, according to the NIH. Sprains involve pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move the joint. Initial treatment often requires taking time off work to rest the injury, sometimes followed by longer-term physical therapy.
* Lacerations include cuts, tears, and puncture wounds. A variety of factors determine how quickly a laceration may heal. Infection is always a risk with a laceration, and this risk can be particularly dangerous for diabetics. Even minor lacerations may cause permanent scars.
* Bone fractures are very common in car accidents. They can be extremely painful, and may involve swelling, bruising, or bleeding as well as numbness, tingling, and the inability to move a limb. Some fractures require surgery to implant plates, pins, or screws to keep the bone in place. The impact of a fracture on daily activities is immediate and often disabling. Follow-up surgery and physical therapy may stretch the recovery period to months.
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