Two bicyclists collided with vehicles over the weekend, one in Ketchum and the other in Hailey. One bicyclist remains in a hospital in Boise.
According to a press release from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from the Ketchum Police Division of the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a bicycle-and-vehicle collision between Leadville Avenue and Main Street on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. The news releases states that William T. Whittenberg, 25, of Ketchum, was riding a road bike westbound on Fifth Street between Leadville Avenue and Main Street when he collided with the rear of a white 2003 Jeep Liberty as he was traveling downhill.
Patricia A. Duetting, 73, of Sun Valley, was also going westbound on Fifth Street in the Jeep, approaching the intersection at Main Street when Whittenberg attempted to swerve around the left of the Jeep and proceed through the green light but instead hit the back of the vehicle.
“Based upon the investigation it was determined that it was likely that the cyclist failed to yield and was following too closely. No citations have been issued,” the press released stated.
Whittenberg was not wearing a helmet and was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center before being transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. As of Tuesday, he remained in care at the hospital. Duetting and her passenger were not injured in the collision.
Another bicyclist-vs.-vehicle accident occurred in Hailey the day before. On Friday, a 14-year-old boy on his bike was hit in the crosswalk at Croy and Main streets, according to Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Bart Lassman.
Lassman said witnesses said they saw a vehicle roll over the left foot of the boy, who was transported to St. Luke’s with minor abrasions and lacerations. Lassman said paramedics did not find any broken bones and were unsure if the boy was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Hailey Police officers responded to the scene but the department could not be reached for more information by press deadline Tuesday.