Cyclist seriously injured in Susquehanna Township crash

Police are investigating a crash where a driver struck a bicyclist Wednesday morning at the intersection of North Progress Avenue and Walnut Street in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.

Township police said the cyclist was struck around 10:40 a.m. and was listed in serious condition at a hospital.

The driver, Paulette Childs, told ABC27 News she traveling on Walnut and saw the cyclist pedaling towards her. She said the woman vanished from view just before she turned left on Progress and heard a thump on her passenger side.

“I didn’t know I hit her. I would’ve stopped back there. I didn’t know what it was,” Childs said, “Then my nerves just left me. I mean, I looked back out that window and I saw that girl laying there. I thought she was dead and I was scared to death. I went running with my phone, dialing 911. I was scared to death. I looked up and asked God, please God don’t let her die.”

Police did not immediately identify the woman.

Witnesses told ABC27 News the woman was wearing a helmet, and was responsive but not talking before she was placed into an ambulance.

“She looked pretty beaten up,” Heather Kuntz said. “Her helmet was bloody and was mostly coming from around her head. She was breathing and moving around.”

The crash closed the intersection in all directions for about four hours.

Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call Susquehanna Township police at 717-652-8265.

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