Witnesses lift SUV off bicyclist on Monument Avenue

Posted at 9:08 AM, Feb 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-21 16:58:03-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The bicyclist struck and dragged by an SUV is said to be in serious condition at the hospital Thursday afternoon. She is expected to survive the accident that happened at the intersection of Monument Ave. and N. Mulberry St. in Richmond's Fan District about 8:10 Thursday morning.

Monument Ave.

The Honda SUV was traveling south on Mulberry St. when the driver stopped at the stop sign and looked to the left (east) and was blinded by the sun, Richmond Police said.

"This is not the first accident as a result of sun glare," said Sgt. David Selander with the Richmond Police.  "I guess the sun is rising perfectly to the East and drivers can't see very well."

The SUV hit the bicyclist and dragged her 15 feet into the middle of Monument Ave.  Portions of the biker's helmet were scattered across the road.

Witnesses  lifted the SUV and pulled the bicyclist out.

"They managed to actually push the vehicle up a little bit and slide the bicyclist out and the ambulance and police arrived on scene," said Sgt. David Selander with the Richmond Police.

"I think it's kind of miraculous that those people were there and responded like that," said Julian Pozzi, who lives in the Fan.

Crash investigators are continuing to investigate the accident.  Richmond Police have asked that anyone who saw the accident to call Sgt. Selander at (804) 513-3647.