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Cyclist Struck by Car, Sent to Hospital

Chatham Township Police said the cyclists were riding next to each other when a car passed and struck one of the riders.

A bicyclist from Livingston was transported to Morristown Medical Center after he was struck by a car along Southern Boulevard Sunday.

Chatham Township Police said three bicyclists, all from Livingston, were riding from Southern Boulevard from Green Village Road toward Fairmount Avenue Sunday when a car approached traveling in the same direction.

Because the cyclists were riding across instead of in single file, the driver, identified as Donald Murphy of Green Village, crossed into the northbound lane of traffic in order to pass the cyclists, police said.

A second car approached from the north traveling southbound along Southern Boulevard, forcing Murphy back into the southbound lane, according to police.

When Murphy came back into the southbound lane, his passenger-side mirror clipped one of the cyclists, Jeffrey Goldsmith, on the left shoulder, police said.

Police responded to the scene and the Chatham Emergency Squad transported Goldsmith to Morristown Medical Center, according to police.

Chatham Patch will update this story as further information becomes available.

Jim Norbert September 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Why do cyclists need to ride 3 across on narrow country roads?
John M. September 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Let's ask the broader question: Why do so many cyclists think they are exempt from traffic regulations? Last Saturday I was coming down Snake Hill to make a left on to River Rd. When my light turned green, I proceeded on to River Road but needed to immediately swerve to avoid three cyclists who passed the cars stopped for the light and they went thru their red light. I'm just spitballing here, but my guess is that when following the regulations,cyclists have a better chance of being safe than not.
P.J. Petchers September 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
That not the accurate story. The guys were riding single file and not 3 across. The driver was riding right next to the shoulder and clipped the biker with his sideview mirror. He than left the scene and returned when he saw all of the police cars heading to where the incident occured. He then told his fabricated version and thats the reality of it.
Tom Dunn October 03, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Is this true, Laura? What information do you have that led you to write that they were riding "three abreast"?

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