MU freshman struck by car while cycling

This was the third accident of its kind in less than a week.
Sunday, November 5, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

An MU freshman became the second cyclist hit by a car in less than a week in Columbia, when he was struck near the MU campus Friday afternoon.

Greg Hahn, 18, was riding his bike east on Stewart Road around 1:15 p.m. as Matthew Finuf, 20, was turning left onto Providence Road from Stewart Road. As they collided, Hahn flew into the air and landed in the middle of the intersection of Providence and Stewart road, just a few feet away from his crumpled bicycle and backpack. Several passers-by jumped out of their cars to help.

Paramedics arrived in minutes and rushed to help Hahn. They cut his shirt off as they asked where he was hurt. Hahn appeared to be responding to the medics’ questions.

Columbia police Officer Curtis Perkins, who identified Hahn and Finuf, said Hahn was not wearing a helmet.

Hahn was transported by ambulance to University Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon.

Perkins said no citations had been issued as of Friday afternoon. The Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Unit was still investigating the crash.

The accident is the third in less than a week in which a car hit a pedestrian or cyclist.

Early last Sunday, Jameson M. Kelly, 31, was hit by a drunken driver while walking on Nifong Boulevard. Kelly was transported to University Hospital, where he died a short time later. The 29-year-old driver, Michael G. Bedford, of Columbia, was charged in Boone County Circuit Court with first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

That night, a cyclist was hit by a car at the intersection of William and Anthony streets. Aurora Chamberlin, 20, was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon.

Perkins urged drivers to watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. Although it is not required by law, Perkins said cyclists should wear helmets and equip their bikes with lights for nighttime biking.

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