Columbia driver hits cyclist when making last-minute turn

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Columbia Police Sgt. Barbara Buck takes down information from cyclist Jeff Wainright, left, and MU student and driver Dan Marston on Tuesday afternoon at Sixth and Walnut streets.

COLUMBIA — A car hit a bike in downtown Columbia Tuesday afternoon. Neither the driver nor the cyclist was seriously injured.

Driving east on Walnut Street in his aunt's silver Mazda MX6, Dan Marston, 21, planned to turn left onto Sixth Street. He changed his mind because of a construction fence on the west side of the intersection and tried to turn right.

Before Marston knew it, he said, cyclist Jeff Wainright, 46, was over his hood.

Wainright had bruises and scrapes, but both kept calm.

“Nice to meet ya,” Wainright said with a laugh to Marston as the two shook hands after exchanging information.

This was Marston's first accident, he said.

“Just seeing someone go over your hood, oh my gosh,” Marston said.

Wainright appeared unfazed, especially because a school bus hit him in 2001.

“That wasn’t a good point for me either,” said Wainright. “But getting hit by a school bus was worse."

Columbia Police Sgt. Barbara Buck called the incident “relatively minor.”

Both said they won't press charges for damages. Wainright said Marston plans to fix his bike.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 26, 2009 | 3:40 a.m.

Did the bicyclist actually stop as he was supposed to or was he rolling through the intersection as most in this town do?

In roaming around downtown bicyclists often times do not stop,tail gate cars needlessly and more.

It will only get worse now that school is back in.

GetAboutColumbia a.k.a. "SpendAboutColumbia" needs to get really proactive in the next month and educate this new batch of students on bicycle etiquette or there will be alot more accidents reported we can all be sure.

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Aaron Ferguson August 26, 2009 | 3:53 a.m.

Nice to see people actually getting along with one another. A little more of that--and a little less of the above commenter's attitude--would make this a much nicer city for everyone.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 26, 2009 | 4:35 a.m.

Aaron Ferg sure it can be better if more citizen continue drinking the koolaid GetAboutColumbia distributes freely but the reality is it will take police cracking down on both and one hell of alot more bicyclists and motorists going to those educational classes to pull it all off.

I'm sorry if you cannot see the true reality in all of that.

What flavor of koolaid did you say was your favorite?

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James Herring August 26, 2009 | 6:19 a.m.

Aaron Ferg, I agree with you a 100%. getting along on and off the road. But on the same token, Dudley does have a point. I am a bicyclist. I do the best I can as I ride. I obey the traffic signals. Do I always use hand signals? No. Just as I know there are many cars and trucks who don't signal also. Please remember, a bicycle does not have brake lights. And I know that when I have stopped at stop signs, I have felt the air pressure from cars who come up on me. Also, when I have stopped for red lights, starting the momentum is also hard when you have a x-ton vehicle behind you, the air conditioner you can hear is going and you glance back and someone is on a cell phone, paying more attention to the call than watching the road. When there is only air between you and that beast, it can also be intimidating. But, rolling through a stop sign, if a police officer is around, then the bicyclist should be ticketed.

Dudley, When was the last time you were on a bicycle to see whats it like?

And I never drank the Kool-Aid.

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Panama Red August 26, 2009 | 7:29 a.m.

It sounds like they both had the light green, but the directions provided in the article don't equal what is there. The construction fence would be on the right and not the left as stated in the article.

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King Diamond August 26, 2009 | 8:25 a.m.

I was never a big fan of grape kool-aid, tasted too much like dimetapp.

If there is a single lane, and not a left turn lane, the biker should be at fault -- passing on the right in the middle of an intersection. If there is a left turn lane, the car driver is at fault for changing lanes in the middle of an intersection.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 26, 2009 | 8:58 a.m.

James Herring try scooting around downtown in a power wheel chair and then you can see how rude both bicyclists and motorists can actually be.

There are though alot of courteous bicyclists and motorists though but for every one of those good ones I assure you there are ten idiots in both of the other categories.

Not the best of odds IMHO. CPD needs to keep up on the great job of cracking down as they have been and ignore the crying of those out there obviously and blatantly breaking the traffic laws of this community.

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