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Cyclist struck by car in Riverside Tuesday

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:35 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – A 56-year-old woman was struck by a car at Longcommon Road and East Burlington Street as she was riding her bike June 17, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

Police received numerous 911 calls reporting a pedestrian struck by a car in the center of town. The responding officer noted the woman was on the ground inside the crosswalk at Longcommon and Burlington and was bleeding profusely from her face.

Police reported that several citizens had stopped to help the cyclist before police arrived.

The struck cyclist was transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood and admitted in critical condition.

According to the release, a police investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling north and stopped at the stop sign at the corner of Burlington and Longcommon. Another vehicle crossed the intersection from east to west and the bicyclist crossed at the same time, obscuring the driver's view. The cyclist's bike was struck on the rear tire, which knocked the woman to the ground.

Police said the matter was still under investigation, but reported citing the driver, Santiago Beltran-Tapia, 18, of the 3800 block of Stanley Avenue in unincorporated Riverside Lawn, with failure to yield to a pedestrian in the roadway and expired registration.

On Monday, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said the woman was still hospitalized, but in stable condition.

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