86 year-old woman struck and killed while riding her bike, police urge bike safety

Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Niagara Falls have identified the 86 year-old woman who was struck and killed by a car while riding her bike Monday morning. They say Beverly Laughlan died after the crash near Grand Avenue and Hyde Park Blvd.

Police say the driver, who is a 75 year-old Lewiston man, is cooperating with the investigation. They say alcohol or any other type of distracted driving does not seem to be a factor in the crash.

Police say Hyde Park Blvd. is a problem area, because of heavy traffic and the number of pedestrians and people on bikes who travel there. Police want to remind not only drivers, but pedestrians to be careful.

“That particular street is one of our busiest streets in the city,” said Niagara Falls Police Officer Christopher McKimmie. “There’s a lot of pedestrian traffic, especially with the skate park right there, the public pools and splash pad.”

Niagara Falls police say the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet, and are urging bikers to use helmets.

“Blunt force trauma to the head can be fatal,” McKimmie said. “Cars travel at high speeds, bicycles don’t provide a lot of protection like cars do with air bags and seat belts and the frame of the vehicle to protect you. So as simple as wearing a helmet can save your life.”

Monday’s crash is still under investigation.

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