Alaska State Troopers say a bicyclist who suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a Fairbanks crash on Badger Road Saturday night may have been intoxicated when he swerved across traffic and was hit by a car.
In an email to Channel 2, AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the man was struck at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday, shortly after he apparently made a hand signal to cross traffic.
“The bicyclist was headed southbound on Badger Road and was riding on the side of the road when he decided to make a left hand turn to go across four lanes of traffic right in front of McPeak's (General) Store,” Ipsen wrote. “The motorist in a car in the outer southbound lane (closest to the bicyclist) saw him, but a motorist in the inner southbound lane did not until the bicyclist was headed across the road in front of him.”
Although the second driver tried to swerve and avoid the collision, ultimately crossing oncoming lanes of traffic without being struck to end up on the opposite sidewalk, the bike struck the vehicle’s side near the center of the road.
“The man on the bicycle was taken to FMH where he was still undergoing medical evaluation for what appears to be non-life threatening injuries,” Ipsen wrote. “Troopers believe the bicyclist was intoxicated.”
The driver in the car was uninjured, with the vehicle suffering only minor damage.
Editor’s note: An initial reference by troopers to the collision involving a motor scooter has been corrected as new information came in.
Channel 2’s Amberia Hill and Nikki Carvajal contributed information to this story.