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Nov 27, 2018 1:43 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bicyclist Counts Her Blessings After Accident

Nov 27, 2018 2:10 PM

She has no recollections of the incident, but a cyclist said this week that she is “extremely lucky” to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a car slammed into her from behind on Route 114 in Sag Harbor a week before Thanksgiving.

According to East Hampton Town Police, the driver of a four-door Dodge sedan was headed north on Route 114 near Barcelona Neck on November 15 at around 12:45 p.m. when he glanced down to view the time. His vehicle crossed onto the shoulder and struck Katherine Persky, 61, as she rode north with traffic.

Ms. Persky, a part-time East Hampton resident, was taken by helicopter from Havens Beach in Sag Harbor to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was treated for a concussion, broken collarbone and fractured vertebra before being discharged three days later.

“I don’t remember anything about what happened,” she said on Monday. “All I know is, I went out on my bike Thursday, thinking I’d get a ride in before it started raining. And what I remember next is waking up in Stony Brook Hospital with someone stitching up my ear.”

Ms. Persky pointed out that a similar C1 vertebra injury, after he was thrown from a horse, left the late actor Christopher Reeves a quadriplegic.

Currently, she is recovering in New York City, where she said she has access to more services considering that she can’t drive due to her injuries. She has an arm sling and will wear a neck brace for six weeks.

Ms. Persky said she did not remember being struck from behind while on her routine bike ride. A recreational cyclist who splits her time between New York City and East Hampton, she said her plan had been to bike 30 miles throughout Sag Harbor and end up at home that day.

Her tracker clocked her doing 15 mph on her bike at the time of the accident. She was wearing a bright blue jacket, she said: “I was definitely visible.”

Police said no tickets were issued to the driver.

Ms. Persky said her bike looked like an accordion.

“I keep hearing that I’m incredibly lucky,” she said.

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Crash -- not accident. -- words matter
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Nov 29, 18 10:51 AM
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By oneseriousSicilian (63), medford on Nov 29, 18 2:01 PM
So, the driver was distracted, crossed the white line onto the shoulder, struck and nearly killed a cyclist and no summons was issued? I sure hope this reporting is not accurate.
By DavidPowers (2), Wainscott on Nov 30, 18 1:43 PM