Bicyclist suffers serious injuries in early morning crash
Early this morning, a Cape Coral bicyclist was seriously injured after being struck by a car in the 2600 block of Old Burnt Store Road, North. The bicycle rider, Juliet Kim, 73, suffered serious life-threatening injuries, according to the Cape Coral Police Department.
According to the CCPD, officers responded to the crash shortly after 7 a.m. Police said the accident occurred when a red 2001 BMW 325CI, driven by Timothy Richard Gray Allen, 49, of Cape Coral, traveling north on Old Burnt Store Road in the northbound travel lane, struck the rear of the bicycle Kim was riding, which was also headed north on Old Burnt Store Road on the right side of the travel lane.
Cape police said Kim’s bicycle was equipped with a front white light and a rear blinking red light. Officers also said the roadway was lit and the sun was rising.
Allen’s vehicle struck the rear of the bicycle and the impact launched the bike approximately 138 feet north of the point of impact, police said. Upon impact, Kim was thrown back onto the hood of the vehicle but was separated from the vehicle as it swerved to the left and began to slide sideways. The bicyclist came to final rest in the southbound lanes of the roadway approximately 175 feet from the point of impact. The vehicle then entered the front yard of a home at 2604 Old Burnt Store Road, and continued sliding until the right wheels caught in the grass in the front swale of the yard. Police said the car began to roll on its right side before completing three quarters of a roll and coming to final rest on the driver’s side.
Allen suffered minor injuries. Kim was air lifted by helicopter to Lee Memorial as a trauma alert and remained in critical condition this afternoon, the CCPD said.
The crash remains under investigation.
If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling 239-574-3223, submitting an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips,https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/create-report/anonymous , sending us a message through our social media platforms or calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Please use the Case Report # 21-004192.