ITHACA, N.Y. – A member of Ithaca’s common council was struck by a car on Thursday afternoon while westbound on his bicycle.
Alderperson Ducson Nguyen said he was traveling west on Court Street around 1:20 p.m. on his bike when a driver, headed east on Court Street, collided with him.
“I was headed back to work on my bike and there was a car coming east on Court Street,” Nguyen said. “The car turned left onto Meadow Street and struck me – I’ve crossed that intersection hundreds of times.”
Nguyen said the rainy, dark and overcast weather was a likely factor in the accident, adding that he did not see the vehicle until he was impacted. Nguyen had a green light and the right of way at the intersection, and the driver was later cited.
He said after the collision, the driver and an employee of Angelo’s Dry Cleaners assisted him in getting his bike off the road and applied pressure to an injury on his hand.
Nguyen is being treated at Cayuga Medical Center for minor injuries from the accident, including multiple abrasions and his right pinky, which was broken in three places.
“I feel very lucky,” Nguyen said. “I’m headed into surgery soon, and I’m told I may need pins (in my finger).”
Nguyen added that his bike was not able to be ridden currently, but thought it may be salvageable.
Drivers and cyclists are reminded to practice bike safety on the road. Check out this interactive map of Ithaca’s most pedestrian crash-prone areas for more information.
Featured photo courtesy of Ducson Nguyen.