Ithaca, N.Y. — A bicyclist airlifted to a hospital after an accident on Cornell’s central campus last Friday remains seriously injured but is expected to live, said David Honan, deputy chief for the Cornell University Police Department.

The name of the bicyclist, a woman, has not been released. As of Thursday, the woman remained in the hospital, Honan said.

A female bicycler was flown to Upstate Medical Center after an accident on Cornell’s campus. (Photo courtesy of Ithaca Police Department)
A female bicycler was flown to Upstate Medical Center after an accident on Cornell’s campus. (Photo courtesy of Ithaca Police Department)

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Friday on Cradit Farm Road, near Helen Newman Hall.

Police were called to a report of an unresponsive woman on the ground after falling from her bike, the Ithaca Fire Department said.

She sustained a head injury in the crash. The Ithaca Fire Department, Cornell Environmental Health & Safety personnel and Bangs Ambulance paramedics worked to ensure the safety of the woman, who was placed on a backboard to prevent spinal damage.

A helicopter that landed on Jessup Road then flew the woman to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Few details have been released from the police investigation into how the accident happened.

“We still need to interview the bicyclist to get her perspective,” Honan said, “We won’t know until we talk to her if there was something in the roadway or something with the bicycle.”

The woman does not go to Cornell but has a relative with affiliations at the university, Honan said.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.