UPDATED: 2 Cyclists Airlifted After Kinnelon Crash

Police: Bicyclists' speed may have been a factor in accident on Fayson Lakes Road.

Two male bicyclists were airlifted to the hospital Saturday morning after they rode into oncoming traffic on Fayson Lakes Road, Kinnelon Police said.

According to Sgt. Joe Fidducia, one victim had a head injury and the other sustained a hip injury in the accident, which occurred at about 10 a.m. Both also may have sustained internal injuries, Fidducia said.

The identities and ages of the victims were not immediately released.

Fidducia said the driver of the vehicle, identified only as a male, struck one of the bicyclists, while the other victim hit the guardrail close to a sharp curve near 38 Fayson Lakes Road.

The driver was not injured, was not speeding and did not receive a summons, Fidducia said.

The bicyclists' speed may have been a factor, Fidducia said.

"They took the turn too wide, and they went into oncoming traffic," Fidducia said.

The bicyclists were transported by the TriBoro First Aid Squad, while and Chilton Hospital paramedics were also on the scene.

Each of the victims were transported to where they were airlifted in separate medevacs to Morristown Hospital, Fidducia said.

Fayson Lakes Road was re-opened at about 11 a.m.

Patch will continue to update this story.

snowmom March 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I am sorry that people were hurt. This narrow winding road is simply NOT safe to walk or bike on with cars. I taught my daughter to drive on this road and it is a frightening experience for a young driver to pass two bicyclists with an oncoming vehicle to judge, narrow shoulders and the tight turns and twists. This road should be avoided, I hate to say!
Nate Morgenstern April 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Certainly, everyone is entitled to their opinion; however, presenting such as fact is misleading. Many here have made statements regarding the accident which involved two cyclists and a vehicle, without having been present. Much is either conjecture or, at best, second or third hand information. I'll hopefully remedy that with firsthand observations. There were five cyclists riding single file approaching the curve in question. I was the fifth in line at the time. All five were to the right of the double yellow line. As the lead rider entered the curve he likely saw what I saw--that the approaching car was slightly into our lane. Note, there is no center line for at least 40 yards in the apex of the curve. The lead rider recognized a dangerous situation and attempted to slow down to allow him to move further to the right and out of harm's way. Unfortunately, when he braked, his rear tire lost traction on the slightly damp pavement and inertia moved him to the left. Slowing and moving left resulted in contact with the second rider in line. Once contact was made, steering was compromised. Fortunately, the Honda driver angled his vehicle to the right and braked, which lessened the combined force of impact. Note: The position of the vehicle and orientation of its front wheels after impact confirmed that it had been across the imaginary mid-line of the road. --Continued--
Nate Morgenstern April 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I'm unclear as to why tickets were issued to the cyclists, as they broke no laws. I provided a written witness statement on site. Recognize that bicycles are considered vehicles, and therefore are subject to the laws and priveleges of other vehicles. Under specified conditions, such as for safety, a cyclist is entitled to take the lane. A motor vehicle operator approaching from the rear is required to wait until it is safe to pass, rather than honking and speeding around the cyclist on a curve or climbing a hill when unable to see if a car is approaching from the other side of the hill. That didn't occur on that day, yet has happened there and happens quite often in northern NJ. Groups riding more than two abreast do lack consideration, and even two abreast resulting in traffic being impeded is illegal. But, keep in mind, that a single rider has the right to ride in the center of the lane if he/she is at risk riding at the right with cars passing in the same lane because the car driver is impatient and is unable to use the oncoming lane due to approaching traffic.
Nate Morgenstern April 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Whether or not bike route signs exist, the roads are available to cyclists. The signs are more for auto drivers to recognize the liklihood of cyclists. Taking them down would likely put the town at greater risk of liability. Introducing speed bumps or rumble strips, which could cause loss of control on the part of cyclists would also create a liability situation. Dangerous Curve Ahead signs and yellow/black chevron signs approaching and into the curve, I believe are better options. As a final note, only one broken rib was sustained by the leading cyclist, as well as a few significant contusions and a laceration at the corner of an eye. Both are recovering well.
Zoo Keeper April 03, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Do all roads in New Jersey have "bike route" signs? Do cyclists still use those roadways? Wasn't the original purpose of the grant that Kinnelon received was to install PROPER bikes routes and not just erect signs? What do you do when you cycle on the roadways where there are NO signs, then , you come upon a sign that states BIKE ROUTE STARTS and then you travel down the road and all of a sudden you come upon a sign that stes BIKE ROUTE ENDS? This is true on Boonton Ave heading towards Montville/Boonton. As soon as you reach the Montville border, the signs stop. Anyone with half a notion knows that cyclists are on those roads (Kinnelon, Fayson Lakes and Boonton Ave) As I have mentioned previously, Kinnelon WAKE UP, install the proper bike routes and don't use the money for other purposes as it has been suggested. Both drivers and cyclists should know the rules of the road and follow them. I have seen many cyclists doing whatever they please . And, as far as the tickets go, they went over the line in the center of the road, which in my estimation is an infraction of the law.


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