Update: Bicyclist Hit By Car Suffered Serious Head Trauma

The man was taken to the hospital.

A 65-year-old Middletown man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital on Tuesday afternoon for serious injuries after he was reportedly hit by a car while riding his bicycle on Memorial Boulevard.

Police reports said the man was riding near Old Beach Road when a woman driving a silver Hyundai SUV hit him.

He was treated by paramedics for trauma to the left side of his head and left foot. Rescue crews first transported him to the emergency room to be treated for head trauma and respiratory arrest, but was later brought to Rhode Island Hospital with serious head injuries.

When police first arrived arrived around 1:15 p.m., the man was lying on the ground while a man and woman performed CPR on him. Reports said the car had a shattered windshield on the passenger side and damage to the right fender and bumper frame.

The woman, a 38-year-old from New Bedford, MA, told police she knew she did not know what happened and that she had not seen anyone. No charges have been filed.

Police spoke to two National Grid employees who were driving behind the woman when the accident happened. The driver reportedly told police he saw a figure in the air and a bicycle being tossed.  

As of Wednesday night, a Rhode Island Hospital employee reported the man's condition as treated and released. 

John Doe June 21, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Marty they can supoena her phone records she gave the cops her phone and it showed she was not texting or talking on the phone..She is not one to use her phone while driving or text.So it just shows that all you people are just bitter and lonely and have nothing better to do with your time than to talk about a tragic accident and have no remorse for the other victim.And let me guess you have never had an accident before or someone you have known.Give me a break accidents happen
John Doe June 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
To JJ read story again because this is what it says..Police spoke to two National Grid employees who were driving behind the woman when the accident happened. The driver reportedly told police he saw a figure in the air and a bicycle being tossed.No where on any story did it say the National Grid driver said the cyclist was obeying the laws..And read todays story still saying they are looking for witnesses.So maybe you dont know how to read but i have not heard anything abut the national grid driver witness a thing they said they saw a figure then a bike fly in the air.
John Doe June 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Matt I agree with you.. Just today i saw to ladys on bikes one riding in the middle of the rode and the other lady right near the beach where the accident happen as she was riding she was looking back to see where her friend was.So i think you all need to stop judging or picking on the other victim.
John Doe June 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
To the Kaminitz family sorry for the loss of a husband.father,grandfather and just a nice man from what i understand.. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers
Matt Moritz June 21, 2012 at 09:22 PM
John Doe @ 4:44PM, June 21 - I would say if road conditions warranted it, the middle of the lane is the correct place to ride a bicycle as it improves visibility to other vehicle operators thereby aiding in collision prevention of the "I didn't see them" variety. On a bicycle one doesn't have necessarily have mirrors, and even when present, don't provide a full field of view, so looking back could be a sign that she was checking for traffic, and on her friend, both perfectly legitimate to do while operating a vehicle in a public way.
Mitch Turner June 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
She hit the cyclist....that means she is responsible for the accident and should be held responsible. Yes accidents happen, but they are also caused!! I feel sorry for both sides, but if she caused the accident, she needs to take responsibility.
Mitch Turner June 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
John Doe, Memorial is the widest road we have on the island (unlike East or West Main Rd) with plenty of space. When I ride East or West Main Rd I ride in the middle of the right lane, because it is far too dangerous to ride against the curb while two drivers try and go by. This is suggested by Bicycing Magazine! A bicycle has every right to be on the road and should be treated as a vehicle - the national law states that a motorist must give a minimum of 3ft of distance when passing. I agree there are cyclists that are dangerous, just like dangerous drivers, but all drivers need to understand that a cyclist is a vehicle and should be treated as one - with respect and caution.
John Doe June 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Mitch no one ever said she is not taking responsibility for the accident. I am sure she knows that but again she did not hit him on purpose it was an accident..Just like the other driver that hit that other cyclist he took responsibility failure to maintain control of his vehicle that was an accident also they do happen and she has to live with it everyday for the rest of her life.
John Doe June 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Mitch well maybe they need to have more cops patrol the road and make sure that people are following the speed.Or put speed traps I dont want to argue back and forth with people but it seems like everyone is blaming the driver and that is all.She is very sorry. I know that for a fact and why everyone on here has to talk about her and assume what happened makes me angry.Known of us were there so everyone is jumping to conclusion that she is the only one responsible...
John Doe June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Matt I do understand your point but unless her friend was in the grass she was not looking for traffic because then after a few seconds of looking back.She decided to stop and wait for her.Yes but if I am looking for traffic I dont look to my right when I am in the right lane already.
MARTY P June 22, 2012 at 02:12 AM
@ John She could of deleted her texts. You Sir are the lonely one here. You have over 15 comments. You need to get a life. Give ME a break "other Victim", Nice name coward.
David FitzGerald June 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Mr. Doe go take a look at memorial boulevard and see where he got hit. The police spray painted right on the road POI. Point Of Impact. It is not in the middle of the right lane but close to the curb. She hit him from behind and is responsible. Even if she was going from the left lane to right she still has to yield to the cyclists.
Abiron June 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
for the record there were MANY witness to this horrific accident, if they chose not to speak up that's on them, I spoke up and reported what I saw. The driver could be a wonderful person I don't know her, all I know is what I saw and what my teenage daughter and her best friend saw, the images will live with us forever, and to the family who lost a husband, father and grandfather my heart goes out to you! May he rest in peace!
NewportNative June 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
An accident is just that an accident...Some of you people are ridiculous with your judge, jury and executioner theatrics on a comment board. Are you saying she intentionally ran this man down? No need to jump on me because I know I would be angry if this happened to my friend or family member however without FACTS like she was drunk, texting, or even talking on her cell phone (which is not illegal in RI but should be) no one KNOWS what really caused it and unless it was a blatant disregard for the LAW this was an accident. I say blatant because the man who hit the other cyclist was not charged criminally and clearly his fault. The teen who killed the two people on the bridge, although speeding, was not charged criminally.
bimbels June 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Even if it's an accident it can still be a crime - vehicular manslaughter would apply here since the driver was speeding. Even if it's just a misdemeanor. So, are you saying if you get hit from behind and then thrown by a driver, that driver should have no consequences? I happen to believe that this and the other two instances you cited SHOULD have resulted in the drivers being charged. And if she isn't charged, I sure hope the family holds her responsible in civil court. I'm sorry, I know it was an accident - and I'm sure she's devastated for what she's done - but that doesn't mean she shouldn't be held accountable. A man is dead, for chrissakes.
NewportNative June 22, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Didn't say she wasn't responsible nor shouldn't be held accountable in civil court, I said if she hasn't done anything criminal then she shouldn't be held to a higher standard than the two examples I cited. Whether they SHOULD have been charged is irrelevent as the FACT is they weren't.
lanie June 22, 2012 at 11:36 PM
You all assume you know whats going on and how it happened and and what should be done etc!!! Please. This is an awful tragedy for both families. My prayers go out the family of the deceased as well as the family of the driver. How would you feel if you were on your way to work and were involved in an accident where the man died?? Do you think they're partying and carrying on??? She is a 38 year old wife and mother on her to work to help support her family. She was not texting, smoking, drinking etc..She is in shock herself. Do you not think she has remorse?? She stayed with that victim and never left his side until the emts arrived. She didn't hit and run, she went right to the victim. she volunteered her cell phone to police and could not have possibly "deleted" calls . How ridiculous. Do you people want to sensationalize this tragic event. Go watch tmz, inside edition or read the inquiror if you want drama. Let the families grieve and the police do their job and pray that this woman was not negligent in the outcome. She all ready has a life sentence with this death on her conscience.
Greg Dawley June 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Well said lanie.
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
are you serious?! Both sides are grieving! She left her job because she cant bare to even travel back to work after the accident... she is just as heartbroken...
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
what are you exempt from speeding?!? i really dont think so... wow and to say you have no sympathy for her is completely selfish of you and YOU should be ashamed of yourself....she is heart broken and left her job because of this. So if you think she is not upset about this either you are sadly mistaken!!! doesn't surprise me because 1/2 the people on this island are the same way you are @upset..... selfish and judgmental
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:38 PM
thank you john doe!!! Im pretty sure i know you.... and thank you because Im so sick of people making her out to be a monster when clearly she is not!
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM
wow... you are pathetic...
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
they already checked her phone and she wasnt texting OR talking on it for your information!
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM
P.S.- I wish I had a "like" button for SOOOO many of john doe's comments
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM
And Marty.... youre JUST as bad not for the comment that started this but for "trying" to call out @John obviously you are just as heartless and selfish as that other bitter person... there are many victims... the one thats dead, every member of his family and friends, the driver, and her family..... so .... get over yourself
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM
umm excuse me?! I had him as my dentist and i know the driver!!!!!!!! it is tragic to BOTH sides....Im getting really sick of all these awful things being said
Kristin Harding June 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
thank you well said!!!
Andy B June 25, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I am very sad for both the victim and the driver. I can't imagine how the driver's feeling now, but I'm sure she's my condolences to both families. I know nothing of the circumstances in this accident, but I've been hit by a car while on my bike and learned some lessons. Perhaps one could save the life of someone here. To the cyclist who rides in the middle lane on W Main road; are you nuts!? Riding on that road is asking for trouble. And in the middle of the lane? I can easily visualize a situation where a truck is turning left and a car changes lanes quickly and finds you on their hood. And later we'd be saying what a good guy you were. Because you'd be dead. You might have been morally right, but you'd still be dead. And cars speed on that road. Maybe they shouldn't, but they do. How about not placing your life in someone else's hands and taking responsibility for your own safety? Cyclists seem bent on suicide in Newport, sometimes. Yesterday I turned from Bowery onto Thames. Looking for a gap in the trafficto my right, keeping an eye out for pedestrians, I started to pull out only to slam on my brakes to avoid plowing through a couple of bikers riding the wrong way on a one way street. Jeez, guys, give me a chance to not kill you, OK? To the person who thinks bikes always have right of way: you're wrong. Pedestrians do, but bikes are subject to and have to obey the same laws that cars do.
Andy B June 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
To all cyclists: take responsibility for your safety. Don't place your life in someone else's hands. That means riding with the traffic, being predictable by signaling your intentions, and making sure drivers know you're there. Human nature being wrong wont make your family feel better if you're dead. People do speed, they do answer the phone, they do deal with kids while they're driving. Perhaps they shouldn't, but they do. When cyclists get aggressive in asserting their rights, they rarely win against cars. I'm not saying any of that was the case in this accident, but I do see that attitude in some of the comments. Again: Don't make ME responsible for your life! And if you do commit suicide by riding your bike like an idiot in front of my SUV, I'm going to sue your estate for mental trauma and the repair bill.s


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