Cyclist Critical After Crash With Car

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (WCCO) — A bicyclist was injured after a crash with a car in St. Joseph Township Tuesday evening.

The crash happened on County Road 2 north of Jasmine Lane at about 8 p.m. A bicyclist reportedly lost control of his bike and was struck from behind./

The bicyclist — identified as 27-year-old Christopher Hawk — was struck by a Ford Escort being driven by a 16-year-old.

The driver and another 16-year-old passenger were not injured.

Hawk was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center, where his condition was reported as critical.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

  • Jim

    stay off the road bicyclists

    • JeffS

      Nice comment. Guess what, Jim, I drive an 18-wheeler. Maybe I should smash into your Subaru from behind and tell you to get off the road. Moron.

      • Steele Wheels

        MN Dot has a website about the rules of the road and the State Statutes to back up their interpretation. If you do not give the bicyclist 3 feet of clearance just like a car or motorcycle you are breaking state law. Incidentally, there are a lot of county judges, sheriff deputies, county attorneys, police officers, and attorneys who ride in tight shorts. Good luck blasting your horn!

      • Uncle Rico

        Jerk Alert!!!!!!!!!! It’s RR…. You probably do “love” to creep up behind men and sniff their soiled shorts. Thanks for outing yourself? Feeling better?

      • gandydancer

        take it easy kids…bicyclists…last time i checked the minnesota drivers manual stipulated that they are legal vehicles on minnesota roads and they share the same rights and duties as other vehicles. i suspect that the 16 year old newbie driver was not paying attention to the traffic flow and may be assigned comparative negligence in the accident.

        • R Cheers

          So you’re are saying a bicycle may drive in the center of the road at 8mph and that’s legal

  • Jeffery Gauss

    Pay attention when your driving MORONS!

  • not quite

    Say what you will about right of way but would you rather be right and dead or wrong and alive? Bicyclists are amongst the worst offenders in downtown MPLS. When they die each year, they may have had the right away but that isn’t much of a warm blanket to their families.

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    Can we please spare the snide and snarky comments…

    The article says the bicyclist lost control and was hit by the vehicle from behind. That is all we know at this point.

    A few years ago I lost control of my bike when my front wheel dropped clear to the axle through an old style storm drain and I literally did a forward somesault over the handlebars. Fortunately there were no cars near me and I could dust myself off and remount. Not everyone is so lucky and there is no reason to be conjuring up blame or calling names.

    • matt

      Well said on comment issue. I can say it was rainy and drizzling around the st cloud area a good portion of the day. After dark, with weather being a possible condition is not a helpful factor by anymeans (for either the person on the bike, or the girls in the car). This is not a easy thing for any of the victims here and people need to realize there rude comments, and cheap jabs doesnt help anyone. This is one thing that no one asks to be involved in, but thats why its called a accident. Some just need to realize accidents happen to all of us, were only human and mistakes are made. So with that said please try and keep the people involved and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

  • R Cheers

    I wonder how many of you think pedestrians have the right of way no matter what? Guess what they don’t.

  • Chad reichert

    Wow some people…. The nerve to say stay off the road I wish I could meet this Jim in real life I would put my fist in ur mouth….. Get well soon Chris!!!

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