‘A real shame:’ Police say driver swerved around stopped vehicle, struck and injured bicyclist

CEDARBURG -- A bicyclist was transported to the hospital by Flight for Life Thursday morning, May 23 after she was struck by a vehicle in Cedarburg. Police said the driver of the vehicle remained on scene.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. on Pioneer Road between Wauwatosa Road Cedarburg Road.

Police said the bicyclist, a woman in her 50s, was trying to cross Pioneer Road when a vehicle stopped to let her cross. A second vehicle swerved around from behind the stopped vehicle and struck the woman.

Fellow cyclists enjoying the Ozaukee County Interurban Trail on a sunny, warm Thursday said things like this are all too common.

"I was biking and a woman ran by me and said, 'There's a big accident up there,'" said Eliza Lewis, who passed the scene on her way to work.

She said she would be even more cautious when cycling after what she saw.

"I saw the car there and I saw the blood on the walk," said Bruce Siebert, longtime cyclist. "That's a real shame."

Siebert said the incident served as a good reminder for everyone sharing the road to be more alert.

Ozaukee County Interurban Trail

Ozaukee County Interurban Trail

"If you're a biker, stop. You're going to lose the battle if you're taking on cars, and always, if one car stops, watch for that second. You gotta watch for the other cars, because they're the ones that will get you," said Siebert.

Jeff Cowie, an avid triathlete, echoed that warning. He said he's lost multiple friends over the years in similar situations.

"It's a dangerous sport and it gets more dangerous all the time with people texting," said Cowie. "Prayers her way. Prayers her way."

Police said they were looking into whether criminal charges or citations were appropriate against the driver.

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