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Bicyclist Badly Injured in Dump Truck Collision

Police haven’t yet determined who was at fault in crash that left 26-year-old Mill Valley woman with multiple broken bones and lacerations.

A large dump truck collided with a bicyclist Thursday afternoon at Sycamore Ave. and Camino Alto, badly injuring the bicyclist, a 26-year-old Mill Valley woman, police said.

The crash occurred at around 5 p.m. Thursday as the truck and bicyclist were on Sycamore, according to Mill Valley Police Lt. Jacqueline Graf-Reis. A large dump truck from Maggiora & Ghilotti attempted to turn right at Camino Alto, but it is unclear at this time whether the bicyclist was also turning right or heading straight, Graf-Reis said. Police haven't yet made a determination of who was at fault, Graf-Reis said.

The bicyclist, Madeline Rose, is listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Marin General Hospital. Rose sustained multiple broken bones and lacerations.

Ian Spilman June 06, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I was the first person on the scene. I was sitting at a red light at the intersection with my friend, Nick Dedona, who was driving, and he watched the whole thing. The truck was turning right onto Camino Alto and the woman was going straight towards the bike path. There was both a green light and a walk sign at the same time. The driver simply didn't see the woman and they both went at the same time. Those trucks are big. My friend and I, both boy scouts on the verge of becoming eagle scouts, immediately ran to the woman, called 911, and provided first aid. We were able to stop the bleeding and treat her for shock before the firefighters arrived. I am very glad to hear she is alright. As far as fault, I would say that this was simply an accident and that people are far too concerned with blaming others rather than ensuring the well being of those involved. I assure you that no feels more terribly than the driver.
Claude Wyle June 08, 2011 at 05:54 PM
As a lifelong Mill Valley resident and bicyclist I am very proud of Mill Valley's bicycle friendly environment. Now, I am also proud of the locals who helped Ms. Rose when she was hurt, particularly the two Boy Scouts who rendered first aid. You deserve great respect. I hope Ms. Rose's medical condition is improving and that she makes a complete recovery.
Kathy Mcleod June 08, 2011 at 09:11 PM
I concur with Claude's remarks. My son is a Cub Scout now and very proud of it. Ian's story validates scouting as a great program for raising leaders. I'm also a League of American Bicyclist Cycling Instructor. I'm teaching cycling to youth so when I heard this story I was especially interested to hear how it happened. It doesn't seem that the driver was at fault unless he was NOT in the right turn lane. If the cyclist was going straight she would be in the lane that goes straight. If that was the case she would be on the left side of the truck. I just don't understand how the accident happened. Perhaps she was riding on the sidewalk and saw the pedestrian signal to walk and was using the crosswalk at that point. Having this knowledge helps us all understand better how to navigate on the bike for a safer transition at intersections. If anyone knows the answer please let us know.... not that there is any fault of Ms. Rose or the truck driver but just that we can be better educated on how to avoid collisions with vehicles when we ride bikes.
Edwin Drake June 12, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Here's how you avoid accidents: You see a GIGANTIC truck bear you and you don't get near it until you know and understand exactly what it''s doing and which way it's going. Sorry for the hurt lady, but all day long I see bicycle people running red lights, running stop signs, acting like they're invincible, and demanding the rest of us kowtow to them. Don't want to get hurt? OPEN your eyes!
corole June 30, 2011 at 12:44 AM
so it seems that miss rose was in the wrong the police report states that she thought the truck was going straight and she went to go on the right of the truck but the truck had the lanes split and was going right miss rose was behind the truck and should have yielded to the truck going right just as a car would have to . You are not allowed to ride a bike in a cross walk you must get off to cross. She was under the same laws as a moving vehichle and should have waited for the truck to turn just as a car would have had to. We are trully sorry that miss rose was injured and we could only imagine how bad the driver must feal, But people it was not his fault

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