Accident case to go to DA

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By Carol A. Clark

The case of the 58-year-old Los Alamos man injured while riding his bicycle along West Jemez Road near TA-16 Monday afternoon will ultimately be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department said in an interview Thursday that the collision involving an older model Chrysler Mini Van that hit the bicyclist from behind is not a simple case in which an officer just writes a traffic ticket.

Foster explained that while police visited the bicyclist in the hospital Wednesday, the injuries he sustained are extensive and he was in no condition to be interviewed.

Also, the driver of the mini van needs to be interviewed as well, he said, and that interview is pending since the man requested to first speak with his lawyer.

Once both drivers have been interviewed and the investigation is completed, Foster said the entire case will be sent to the district attorney’s office for review.

It’s become a much bigger case than a simple traffic violation, Foster said, because the extent of the bicyclist’s injuries are so significant.

The accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. between the Emergency Operations Center and Fire Station 5.

The bicyclist sustained severe injuries and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was immediately air lifted out.

He remains in the hospital in Albuquerque.

The man driving the Mini Van was uninjured, according to police.

“Alcohol does not appear to be a factor,” said Lt. Chuck Ney.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or (505) 662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.