Woman tossed from bike after colliding with car

GREENFIELD — A bicyclist was sent to the hospital after colliding with a car in a housing development Wednesday.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Bayberry Court at about 4:24 p.m., for a report of a bicyclist struck by a car.

Residents of the Leyden Woods development said the 19- or 20-year-old woman was flung into the air when she hit the side of a Dodge Avenger that may have been speeding down the street.

“I was rolling a cigarette and looking out my window when I heard a ‘smack,’ then she was thrown up to 10 feet in the air,” said Richard Crafts. “She got up, ran over to the grass and sat down.”

Crafts said the woman suffered injuries to the nose and cheekbone, which were swollen.

Officers on scene said the woman’s injuries did not appear life-threatening, but she was sent to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be evaluated.

Though residents said the vehicle was speeding before the accident, the officer said there was no way to determine how fast the car was traveling. The operator was allowed to leave the scene after giving a statement to police.

The identity of the bicyclist and the driver were not available from police.

Residents of the neighborhood said vehicles speed up and down their roads on a daily basis while small children play near the streets, often unattended. One urged area parents to keep an eye on their kids.

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