Bicyclist Seriously Hurt in Crash, Cops Say

Cranford man transported to Morristown Medical Center Tuesday. Police plan to issue summons.

A bicyclist was transported to Morristown Medical Center Tuesday afternoon after police said he "suffered serious injuries" when he allegedly crashed into an moving car.

According to a press release sent by Chatham Borough Police Lt. Brian Gibbons, the crash occurred around 2:20 p.m. The bicyclist, Jose Batista, of Cranford, was traveling east in the shoulder on Main Street when the driver of a Ford Freestyle, Patrick McVeigh, of Chatham, was making a left turn into the CVS parking lot from the westbound lane.

Gibbons said Batista struck the rear passenger side of the car. Batista was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the press release said, and was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Chatham police will be issuing Batista a summons for failure to exercise due care when passing a standing or slow-moving vehicle proceeding in the same direction, Gibbons said.

Max Power January 03, 2013 at 06:55 PM
What concerns me is that if the Ford was 3/4 of the way into the CVS parking lot at the time of impact, there would be space between the rear of the Ford and the stopped eastbound traffic. The shoulder is about 8' wide on that section of Main. If this position of the Ford is accurate, it's probably Mr Batista was not paying attention. or riding much faster than he could safely brake (which would support the ticket issued). However, if McVeigh continued to move the Ford into the lot after impact, the fault would likely be shared (Failure to yield when turning left for McVeigh, failure to exercise.care for Batista). Batista's statement is needed to clarify this, but he was clearly in no condition to make a reliable statement as he was being loaded into an ambulance, It seems premature to determine fault and issue a ticket without one party's statement.
John S. January 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM
@Julles51 - Let's consider some physics before we assume that the accident was avoidable because the car was "already 3/4 of the way." A cyclist can easily hit & maintain 30-35mpg on that part of Main St because of the downhill slope from Madison. At 30mph, he'd cover 44 feet each second. Given the location and the level of traffic, the driver would have had to slow down quite a bit to make the turn safely (we'll just assume they didn't dive bomb unsafely into the lot). At 5mph, the driver moves 7.33 feet per second. If we consider the length of the car (16.6 feet long! according to MSN Autos), two lanes to cross (the shoulder is super wide there), and the fact that bikes don't turn while under hard braking it's easy to see that the cyclist had little to no chance of avoiding the vehicle. My point is that as a driver you need to double check those lanes not just 25 feet in front but 100 to 200 feet ahead - cyclists can go very fast.
lenni January 05, 2013 at 07:58 PM
John S. Mr. Mc Veigh did not sufficiently check the second lane he was crossing to enter the CVS parking lot. He was crossing not only the auto lane, that was stopped to allow him to proceed across, but also the shoulder/lane adjacent to the curb. As a motorized vehicle, I put more responsiblity on the larger, more lethal automobile.
lenni January 05, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Max Power- Madison has had no problem in naming the shoulders of many of their roads as "bike lanes", so what is Chatham's problem? Chatham Borough Attorney does not wish to commit the town to cycling?
Max Power January 07, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I wish I knew why those lanes end when Main St. changes from Madison to Chatham. It may be a concern about liability, but the town could also face a lawsuit due to the lack of standardized signs indicating that the bike lane ends. In any case, people need to work towards a solution that prevents this from happening again. There's a Traffic Safety Committee meeting tomorrow night at 6:45. If you're live or ride in the town, it's a good idea to get involved. http://www.chathamborough.org/chatham/Calendars/Monthly%20Calendar?month=01&year=2013&day=08


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