LAPORTE - A cyclist was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries Sunday morning after he was hit by a sedan in LaPorte.
Cyclists in the seven-man pack said they were riding northbound on Overland Trail when a southbound white 1997 Chevy Lumina turned left onto Larimer County Road 54G, hitting two men at the front of the pack in the intersection. The crash happened at about 10:23 a.m., authorities said.
Paul Bass, of Fort Collins, was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. Thomas Popple of Fort Collins also was hit and said he rolled over the car's hood, toppling onto the road. Popple refused medical treatment.
Popple said he was "screaming at the top of my lungs" for the driver to "just look up," as he saw the turning vehicle, reportedly without using its turn signal.
"That was my inaugural getting hit by a car," Popple said, standing among his fellow cyclists as they wrote statements for the Colorado State Patrol trooper on scene.
David Hueter of Fort Collins said the men ride together in a pack because they believe it's safer than going the road alone. The fear factor has risen among cyclists, he agreed, following recent events such as the death of cyclist Ernesto Wiedenbrug, who died in a Jan. 25 hit-and-run crash south of Kechter Road near Interstate 25.
"It's to the point where you don't even want to ride," he said, visibly shaken by what had just transpired.
CSP Trooper Scott Boskovich didn't identify the 87-year-old male driver, who was cited with careless driving resulting in injury.
Boskovich cautioned motorists to keep an eye out for cyclists, especially now that warmer weather will draw more to the roads.
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