Cyclist injured in collision with vehicle on N.M. 4

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LAPD: Cyclist cited for not maintaining lane

By The Staff

A Los Alamos man was injured Wednesday night at mile marker 49 on N.M. 4 when he lost control of the bicycle he was driving and ran into a vehicle driven by a Jemez Springs man heading west.

LAPD officer Jaime Gonzales said in his report that Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos was traveling east on N.M. 4 on his bicycle and coming down the hill and slowing down before the road turned. The report said that Ferrara said he lost control of his front wheel making him move into the opposite lane striking Bo Folks’ Nissan head on.

The report said that Folks, a Jemez Springs resident who works at LANL, came around the turn when he saw the bicyclist come into his lane and hit him.

Folks did not complain of injuries and drove his vehicle home.

Ferrara  was not as fortunate.

The report indicated that Ferrara had visible scrapes and scratches but did not complain of any other injuries. Ferrara was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

The report said that Ferrara was diagnosed with a broken clavicle. In addition, Ferrara was cited for failure to maintain lane.

A photo attached to the police report showed a dent to the left side of the Nissan and a broken windshield on the driver’s side. The front wheel of the bicycle was no longer on the bike.