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After Being Hit By A Truck In Madison, Clinton Cyclist In Critical Condition

Anyone who witnessed accident Saturday is asked to contact police.

A bicyclist was hit by a truck on Boston Post Road, near the intersection of Neck Road on Saturday around 11:43 a.m., Madison police say.

The cyclist, Colleen Kelly, 36, of Clinton, was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital and is in critical condition, police say.

Officers from the Madison Police Department along with Madison EMS and Madison Hose Co. No. 1 responded to the call, near the small shopping plaza where the Old School House Deli is located along with several other retail stores.

The vehicle involved was operated by Jesus Bermudez, 60, of East Hartford. Bermudez was operating a large delivery truck.

The cause of this accident is still under investigation.  Any witnesses are urged to contact Sgt. Bryan Baxter of the Madison Police Department: 203-245-2721

Editor's note: This article was changed Tuesday, Nov. 15 to reflect the correct spelling of Kelly's last name.

Nerissa October 09, 2011 at 12:57 PM
I was wondering who we could contact about getting sidewalks or larger walking areas put in from the Neck Road to the center of town. I've biked along this and walked with a stroller and it is a harrowing experience.
owen charles October 09, 2011 at 01:44 PM
It's a great idea- and something that could enhance our town character a great deal, not only on BPR, but elsewhere... unfortunately, it costs A LOT to do... a long range plan to invest in sidewalks could work, but town must be willing to make this investment and weigh against other spending priorities / tax relief. You can bring this up to the Board of Selectmen; but such an undertaking will require a plan, cost analyses, and support and committment of many people...
owen charles October 09, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Nola- Meant to mention also the Greenway trail- there is a committee localy working on this, and some existing trails that can be used. Also, Madison Police have been doing a lot more speed traps and monitoring on this stretch of road recently, and that really helps... not sure what happened in this terrible incident, though, or if it couldv'e been prevented with sidewalks, etc.
Nerissa October 09, 2011 at 02:31 PM
I'm not too sure either, was she hit when crossing the Post Road or travelling along it? In some areas the shoulder is only a couple of inches and when walking with a stroller or pulling a bike trailer with kids it can be scary to be so far out in the road. I'm sure a sidewalk is pretty expensive, but even widening the shoulders would be beneficial for both the walkers/bikers and cars on the other side who are moving over to make room for the cars passing those walkers/bikers.
Mitchell Cohan October 09, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Mitchell Cohan I agree nola123. It would be more cost effective for the taxpayers to have the shoulders widened and the words "bike lane" painted. As we all are aware the BPR is a state road. Unfortunately, the state is broke and establishing a bike lane will be low on their priorities.
Sarah Page Kyrcz October 09, 2011 at 04:49 PM
I will not say this is the case with this terribly unfortunate accident but I will say that I don't believe bicyclists are respected on the roads town wide. I am afraid to ride through town with all the large SUVs and hurried drivers vying for prime parking spaces, etc. I think bicyclists need to a ever vigilant while riding -especially with children!!
A.L. October 09, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I am so sad for Coleen. I am a cyclist and fear for my life every time I venture off down Neck Rd to Rte 1, which is the only Rd in town to get anywhere. I believe sidewalks are a must. This is an area that lends itself to walking and cycling. Why not make it safe and enjoyable. To say it's too expensive is REALLY not an appropriate answer to the cost of losing a life or suffering a serious injury. Why not construct a "Bike Lane" that goes from Guilford town green thru to Our beautiful state park. Along that stretch the speed limit should be strongly enforced at 35 MPH.
Cathy Marsh Photography October 09, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Sidewalks are for walkers. We can't blend bikers and sidewalks! Ever been almost hit on the downtown sidewalk by a fast biker? In the old days, the town used to offer a biker education class and bike registration. My husband bikes, but refuses to be on the Boston Post Riad for obvious reasons! Bikers have to learn to beware of cars, stop at stop signs and make themselves visible! Dark clothing at 7 am on the back roads with the school traffic does not make sense! Riding along side each other does not make sense! Helmets are a must! I also HATE the lack of visibility in some neighborhoods, like mine, where the sight line could be improved. I feel for this poor woman and her family! Neck road has always been a race track and the intersection with the BPR makes this a difficult area to transit by bike! Bright vests, blinking lights might help make a biker visible. We lost a 22 yr old nephew years ago and now cell phone usage might compromise driver attention.
Christy Coppola October 09, 2011 at 07:18 PM
What a sad story. Adam and I are very aware of the dangers of riding bikes and are sad to have heard this happened in our home town. We have been learning a lot about bike law, advocacy, and programs to help create more bike friendly streets. There are government funded projects such as programs called Safe Routes to School that help. We have not done the research to fully understand these programs yet, but we know they are out there. We have also heard of many grassroots organizations that have created bike paths, many in reaction to an unfortunate event like this. Unfortunately, the Shoreline Greenway Trail is not paved, keeping road cyclists from being able to use it.
VCR October 09, 2011 at 08:21 PM
It is great to see so many people interested in making Madison more bike-able and walk-able. As Madison Chair for the Shoreline Greenway Trail and since it has been mentioned by several commenters above, I need to clarify a few points. The trail that is now under construction on Hammonasset Park property is NOT finished. It will be very bike-able when finished. The Trail will eventually travel all the way to Guilford, probably much of it following the route of the Post Road. The more people who express an interest in having a safer bike route, the sooner it will happen. Make yourselves heard and noticed!!
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 10, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Good points, VCR ... what would be your suggestions when it comes to making ourselves heard and noticed? Is there someone at the state level that we could petition or send letters to, asking them what we can do to give this issue more attention?
VCR October 10, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Contact elected officials at all levels and let them know you want bike trails and walkable streets - Madison Selectmen, Commissioners on Economic Development, Planning and Zoning, Beach and Rec, etc.; State Rep Noreen Kokaruda, State Senator Ed Meyer, Governor Malloy; US Senators Blumenthal and Lieberman, US Congressman Joe McCourtney. Squeaky wheels do get attention. Ask you friends and neighbors to do the same. At the workshops for the revision of the Madison Plan of Conservation and Development, most of the people in attendance asked for Madison to be more bike-able and walk-able. If you didn't attend, try to get your thoughts to them as I believe they are still working on it. Consider attending the CT Bike Walk Summit in New Haven Nov. 12. The summit last year was outstanding with loads of information about making towns and cities more biker and walker friendly. Here is the web site to register. www.ctbikewalksummit.org Google Complete Streets and you will find a trove of idea. Start a petition asking for more bike routes and walking facilities.
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 10, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Thanks! This is great info. Appreciate it.
Christy Coppola October 10, 2011 at 08:47 PM
VCR- that's great news. I was under the impression that the greenway trail was going to be gravel as opposed to paved or hard-packed. Are you saying this trail will be rideable for road bikes? Pem, there is a website on the Shoreline Greenway Trail: www.shorelinegreenwaytrail.org I know there is a mailing list as well that you can subscribe to. They have monthly walks, clean-up days, and now that I'm looking, even bike rides. Probably a good place to meet up and find out more information.
Liz Nace October 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Very say story but unfortunately not all that uncommon. I ride thousands of miles a year in and around Madison. Bike lanes would be great, but as many readers have commented, are too expensive and are just not an option now. What we really need is to have the police publicize and enforce CT's "Three Foot Law" (PA 08-101). This law requires motorists to give cyclists a minimum of three feet when passing. Most police officers, let alone the public, are not even aware of this law. Enforcing this law would not cost anything and could save lives. The town also needs to get the word out that cyclists THE SAME rights to the road as as motorists. The "get out of my way" attitude of many drivers has to go. Cycling is becoming very popular for sport and transport and should be encouraged and protected.
Nerissa October 14, 2011 at 03:41 AM
@Liz Nace Cyclists also need to respect the rules of the road. I see many who don't stop at stop signs and who refuse to move over onto a shoulder despite it being a busy road. I think if people are going to ride road bikes and are afraid of falling on the shoulder, feel the need to ride two abreast, or insist on being feet into the road - they need to be ticketed or perhaps get a mountain bike. Lets all respect each other out there.
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Hi Wayne. Thanks for your note. I will ask around. I hope others do too and call the number provided above if they know anything. We were very sorry to hear about the accident and that she is still in serious condition. Please keep us updated about how she is doing. I've had many people ask me.
Neck Road November 02, 2011 at 08:32 PM
I've just come back here to see if there's been any update on this story. Pem, why was my comment deleted? It wasn't inappropriate in the least.
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 02, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Hi Neck Road. I did not delete it, and just checked and I do not see any record of a deletion by readers (if three people flag a comment it disappears from the site). My apologies if it disappeared. You are welcome to re-post.
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 02, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Hi Neck Road, on Oct. 12, you did a leave a comment on this related story: http://patch.com/A-mLqx, and that is still there. Let me know if that is what you were referring to ... thx.
Phil November 03, 2011 at 12:02 AM
@neck road If you make a comment and it makes the first selectman/selectman look bad, Pem will delete it. If you make a comment and Pem doesn't agree with it, she will delete it also...just get use to it
Laura November 03, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Has anyone heard how the woman is and in fact the driver as well? My husband was there helping and the driver was quite shaken too and the woman was seriously injured.
Neck Road November 04, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Thanks Pem, Turns out my comment appears when I click on the link you provide but otherwise shows as deleted in normal view. A mystery of sorts. I understand Colleen Kelly still is in surgical intensive care, but is making progress. Her breathing tube was removed only yesterday. She is expected to recover. She is lucky to have been so fit and healthy and to have received such excellent care at the time of the accident.
Bill Kelly November 10, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I am the Father of the Lady hit by the truck, She has spent 4 weeks in surgical ICU, she is now in a surgical recovery room. She's out of any life threating injuries. She has major abrasions & open wounds & a severed/factured pelvic. She will have to go thru major rehab & possible skin graft. Her total recovery time has not been determined. We as a Family are praying for the driver & His family
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 10, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Bill, thank you so much for letting us know.
Pem McNerney (Editor) November 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Here is some more information about Colleen. She's fighting hard to recover and could use our help: http://patch.com/A-nBkc
Colleen Kelly Alexander July 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Hi Laura, I am the cyclist. Can you ask your husband to email me? I would like to say thank you. colleenkalexander@gmail.com With perseverance, Colleen
fummin August 05, 2012 at 07:09 PM
.. Yes sidewalks are for walkers . roadways are for cars. sorry the young lady was injured, not aware of the circumstances or the area. As others have stated, too often bikes wish to engage in actions that only place themselves in peril. earlier post shows the mindset of some who have little regard for their own safety. You do not have the same rights as a motor vehicle.Even if you did, YOU LOSE when you come in contact with a vehicle whether your in the right or not, YOU LOSE! wish to ride a bike in the road , take your chances so please keep in mind! .. keep to the RIGHT of the white shoulder line... Ride single file..PLEASE, keep out of the traffic lanes at traffic lights and stop signs, you have ABSOLUTELY no business getting in the middle of traffic, all you are doing is to increase your chances of becoming a hood ornament by 100 times.You cannot be seen like a vehicle, you cannot accelerate like a vehicle, PLEASE, keep out of traffic, YOU DO NOT BELONG THERE especially if you like living. Once these bicyclists learn and understand that a two thousand pounds of steel wins physically against twenty , there may be fewer accidents. If I encounter a bicyclist riding properly to the side of the road, the hell with 3 ft, I will give him 10 if I can.The "Lance Armstrong" wannabees who insist on owning the road will get the horn/ and or a piece of my mind. bike lane or widen shoulder? YES. Bikes on sidewalk, Yes, all for it, it is their responsibility to ride cautiously.
Pem McNerney (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 04:28 PM
@fummin ... We all have a responsibility to ride safely, bikers and car drivers. Car drivers have a bigger responsibility because a car is bigger than a bike. Roads are for people, not just for cars.

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