Bicycle collides with pedestrian on UI campus, injuries reported

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 5:00 AM

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A bicyclist and a pedestrian collided with each other in a high-traffic Iowa City intersection on Thursday afternoon.

Iowa City police Sgt. Vicki Lalla said that at 3:29 pm, a man riding a bicycle collided with a pedestrian at the intersection of Madison Street and Iowa Avenue near the Becker Communication Studies Building and the Pentacrest.

Lalla said the yet-to-be-identified cyclist sustained head injuries and may have been taken to an area hospital.

University of Iowa freshman Robert Parson was on his way down the Pentacrest hill from the Old Capitol when he said he heard a loud noise.

He looked around, before witnessing a man rolling around, clearly injured with blood on the ground, he said.

“I ran up to him and helped him to the sidewalk,” he said. “I asked him to lie down and asked someone to call 911.”

After helping the man lie down, Parson borrowed a shirt to wrap around the man's head injury and held his head in place in case of spine injury, he said.

Before ambulance service and Iowa City police arrived, Parson said he asked the man a series of questions, including year and who was the current president to see if there was any serious brain injury.

Parson concluded that the man seemed to have no brain injury, he said.

— by Quentin Misiag

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