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Second bicyclist in past week struck by car in Riverside

RIVERSIDE – Two bicyclists were involved in accidents with cars in Riverside in the past week.

The first incident occurred at 2 p.m. June 13, police said. The driver of a car, Terrance Haefner of Oak Park, opened the door of his car at 10 E. Burlington St. as a bicyclist was approaching, police said.

The bicyclist was injured after being struck by the car door and taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment, police said. Haefner was issued a ticket for opening a car door in traffic, police said.

The second incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday at Lawton and Riverside roads, police said. The driver of the car, Thomas Dutkiewicz of Riverside, had picked up a newspaper from the Riverside Police Department's lobby and had returned to his car, police said.

Dutkiewicz was heading southbound on Riverside Road turning onto Lawton Road to head eastbound, police said. The bicyclist was riding northbound on Riverside Road and proceeded into the intersection when he was struck, police said.

Officers responding to the scene reported that they saw the victim on the ground bleeding from the head with his bicycle laying about 50 feet from the car, police said. Dutkiewicz said he never saw the bicyclist before striking him, police said.

The bicyclist was transported to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment, police said. Dutkiewicz was issued traffic citations for failure to yield turning left and not having car insurance, police said.

"In the second crash, police had issued a parking ticket on the parked car involved in the accident just five minutes prior to the accident," said Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel. "The vehicle had been parked blocking a fire hydrant."

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