Bicycle, car collide; two 10-year-olds injured
Two 10-year-old girls were injured Friday morning when the bicycle they were riding collided with a car on Southeast Ford Street in the area of the dip.
The bicycle operator, Mireya Medina, of 725 S.E. Ford St., No. 18, and her passenger, Emmalea Drew, of 1005 N.E. Lafayette Ave., were transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet.
Capt. Matt Scales of the McMinnville police gave this account:
The bicycle was traveling on the east side of the street and being ridden soutbhound into the dip. As the bicycle ran out of sidewalk, it veered at a 45-degree angle across traffic and crashed into the driver side mirror of a southbound 1999 Ford Escort station wagon driven by Jay Glenmore Jaeger, 56, of 1123 S.E. Rummel St., McMinnville. He was traveling an estimated 25 mph.
An investigation led officers to believe the bicycle was the cause of the crash for violating Oregon Revised Statute 814.430 — improper use of lanes by a bicycle. No citations have been issued.
Police remind bicyclists they are required by law to ride as close as possible to the right curb or edge of the roadway. In addition, any bicyclist uunder the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet.