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Bicyclist Ticketed After Collision With Car

Geneva Police Reports: In a rare case, the bicyclist is given a warning ticket after colliding with a car at a busy Geneva intersection.

It's said that "dog bites man" isn't news, but "man bites dog" qualifies.

In a similar way, when a car hits a bicyclist, the usual result is a ticket—and maybe a lawsuit—against the driver of the motor vehicle. An unusual case found in this week's Geneva police reports is closer to the "man bites dog" variety, because police say the injured bicyclist was the one at fault.

And the cyclist admits it.

According to Geneva reports, the left side of a Trek 7500 mountain bicycle riden by Kelleen Bodine, 46, of Geneva was struck by a Toyota Corolla driven by Idy Spezzano, 42, of Geneva around 8:40 a.m. July 26 at the intersection of Batavia Avenue (Route 31) and Fargo Boulevard.

Bodine was riding north along the east side of Batavia Avenue, south of Fargo Boulevard, and Spezzano was driving on Fargo Boulevard in the eastbound lane, approaching Batavia Avenue, when Bodine began crossing four lanes of traffic on Batavia Avenue to turn left (west) onto Fargo.

Bodine admitted to police—and witnesses concurred—that she cut the corner prematurely. Spezzano proceeded to turn right and did not see the bike approaching as it cut across the four lanes, reports said.

Bodine sustained an abrasion on her left elbow after falling from her bicycle, reports said.

She was issued a warning notice for an improper lane turn.

Linda Clark August 02, 2012 at 04:23 AM
it about time bicyclists are cited they should follow rules of road same as car . When it says share the road it means share from bothn side car and bicycles
Jim August 02, 2012 at 04:28 AM
We need more bike lanes.
Terry August 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Of course the proper way to execute that left turn for the cyclist would've been to ride in the left lane on Rt 31 and wait to make the left onto Fargo, just as you would do in a car. Of course, had she done that she would most likely have been sworn at, honked at and most likely rear-ended by a driver as she held up traffic waitingto make her turn. Yes, we need more bike lanes.
Jim August 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yeah exactly. Folks say they want you to follow the rules but they don't want you out in traffic. I'd ride my bike more often for errands but the road system and impatient drivers make it too risky and stressful.
Greg in Ohio August 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I used to live on Fargo Blvd a block west of where this happened, and made that left turn many times on my bike coming back from the bike trail in Fabyan Park. I never ran into a car, but I have to say that people used to fly down Rt. 31, which made crossing 31 onto Fargo a little intimidating. I can understand how someone might be in a hurry to get off of Rt. 31 on a bike. I wish I still lived that close to a bike trail. What a great community asset. I took it for granted back then. Wish I could jump on my bike right now and hit the trails along the Fox River! Wonderful memories.
G.Ryan August 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
We need more courtesy to others while on the road...slow down and be alert...get off your CELL PHONES!
Max August 02, 2012 at 08:36 PM
We need fewer arrogant bicyclists.
Cindy Peterson August 03, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I personally would not be riding my bike on Route 31. The road is too heavily traveled by cars and is too narrow.
Jake August 04, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Agree - it's suicidal to try and ride on 31. My guess is that the rider just wanted to cross the street from the bike path in Fabyan to get onto Fargo. Biking is such a great way to get around, save fuel, save money and good for your health...but like Jim said earlier, it's just too risky around here.
Idy Spezzano August 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
A note to G. Ryan...I was the driver. I wasn't on my cell phone and I was at a complete stop, had looked both ways and was turning right. I took my foot off my brake and within a blink of an email, the left side of my car was hit by the biker. There were witnesses. Get your facts straight before judging others!

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