Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A RAGBRAI rider from Urbandale was struck on his bicycle from behind by a pickup truck this morning that was traveling at 60 mph on a county highway north of Lake View, Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said today.

Dennis Murphy, 38, was southbound on a bicycle about 5:35 a.m. on Rolf Avenue a little more than two miles north of Lake View when he was struck by the southbound truck driven by Michael L. Judd, 66, of Sac City.

Murphy hit the hood of the truck and was thrown an unspecified distance onto the roadway. He suffered multiple major injuries and was later flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Murphy was conscious after the crash, but McClure declined to comment further on his injuries because of medical privacy laws.

Judd will not be charged with a crime for the crash because it “wasn’t his fault,” McClure said.

Murphy rode with another cyclist, but neither had lights on their bikes. It was dark, and Judd’s vision was obscured by oncoming headlights, McClure said.

“Cyclists need to be lit,” he concluded.

That segment of highway was part of the Monday route of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. It’s unclear why Murphy rode it this morning.

McClure said another cyclist was injured in a crash with a vehicle at about the same time this morning, but he did not immediately have further details. That cyclist crashed through the windshield of the vehicle in the crash, McClure said.