Cyclist hit by car heading home from memorial bike ride
BATON ROUGE - A bicyclist riding home from a memorial ride for a biker who died in a crash was hit himself.
Gordon Mese said it was his quick thinking that prevented the situation from becoming worse Tuesday evening.
"I leapt off of my bike and hit his windshield and that's probably what saved my life," he said.
Mese told WBRZ by phone Wednesday afternoon, he was riding west on Capital Heights Ave. - with the traffic - when he was about to bike through the intersection at Blanchard Street. It was then, he said, a car passed through the stop sign, not seeing him on his bike.
"I saw this happening in slow motion," he said. "I even looked as it was coming to me, I was like, 'you're really going to do this?'"
Capital Heights is bike-friendly. The one-way has a bike lane on either side and other streets have signs posted, alerting drivers to the upcoming bike and pedestrian traffic.
Wednesday night, the next night after Mese's crash, a group of about 15 bikers took to the street. They wore reflective gear, bright colors and lights and were very much aware of what happened the night before.
"It could have easily been any one of us," said Mika Torkkola.
While Mese said he was wearing a reflective vest and had flashing lights on his bike, the driver didn't see him.
"This is not about crosswalks and bike-routes. This is about really bad driving," said Mese.
Baton Rouge Police were dispatched to the scene at 9:47 p.m. Police say the car stopped and proceeded through the stop. The driver was cited for failure to yield after stopping.