The female cyclist who was hit by a car yesterday at the bottom of state line hill is still in critical condition.
Last night she underwent surgery for her injuries, and her husband was with her.
The time of her accident was about 11:33 a.m. yesterday on Rte. 9W near Exit 4N for the Palisades Interstate Parkway in a collision with a sports car driven by a 59-year-old man.
A witness said the cyclist "plowed into" the back of the car which had stopped suddenly to obey a red traffic light. It was not clear from this account whether the car stopped without slowing, or if he pulled over to the right, squeezing the cyclist, or even if she saw the lights changing.
Capt. Jerry Beckman of the Alpine Police in Alpine, NJ said he would not be able to release the 29-year-old woman's identity for another 12 hours, but confirmed that her medical condition had been classified critical by emergency medical personnel at the Westchester Medical Center where she was taken by the Morristown Hospital Medivac yesterday afternoon.
"The long term prognosis is good," said Beckman about her condition. Stressing that he is not a doctor and unable to make an official statement about her physical condition he said, "we are going to have a better outcome than what we had last November," referring to the accident of Camille Savoy who died two weeks after being hit by a motorist last year.
He also said the accident was still under investigation and no details would be provided to the public until the Bergen Country Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit (FAIU) and the Bergen Country Sheriff's Dept. (BCI) had completed their investigation.
Beckman also said they had not had a chance to speak officially with the woman's husband and would need to do so before they could make a formal statement. Her husband was with her at the time of the accident.
Beckman would not confirm the account of the witness but said the accident and its circumstances were "highly unusual," and "not at all like those" that involved Savoy who was struck on Rte. 9W from behind by a careless driver in November of last year. "These set of facts are completely different--and it was a unique set of circumstances," that led to her accident, he said.
If you recall, Camille Savoy was hit by a 72-year-old woman who was later acquitted of careless driving in the incident.
He also ruled out any effect of the tree-clearing that had been in operation earlier in the morning on the northbound lane about 50 feet before the place of the accident, where the lanes in both direction had been coned off to two narrow lanes. "That had no bearing," he noted.