Monday night, a cyclist was severely injured on the road above when a motorist driving an SUV rear-ended his bicycle. The collision occurred at 9:10 p.m. on Scottsville Road, about 4.4 miles outside downtown New Albany, Indiana. The 27-year-old man was airlifted to Louisville in critical condition with severe head injuries. Fortunately the fire department, located just down the street, arrived quickly to care for the cyclist.
Even though it’s still fairly light out in the summer at 9:00 p.m., the driver said it was too dark to see the cyclist and and that he was blinded by the headlights of an oncoming car. The road has a posted speed limit of 30 mph, which means a 60 percent survival rate for struck pedestrians and cyclists, according to America Walks. Police said there’s no evidence the driver was speeding. The two-lane road is narrow and lightly lined with houses. The collision took place near a commercial intersection with several businesses including an ice-cream shop.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured cyclist during his recovery.