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May 29, 2015 5:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bicyclist Injured On Highway Exit Ramp In Hampton Bays Friday Afternoon

Jun 1, 2015 5:37 PM

Update: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Southampton Town Police now say that the bicyclist was not struck by a car, but had fallen off the bicycle, apparently while intoxicated.

Additional information about the bicyclist's injuries, if any charges might be filed, or why the person was riding a bicycle on a highway ramp were still not available from police.

The person has not been identified by police.

Original Story: Friday 5 p.m.

A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on an exit ramp leading from Flanders Road to Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday.

As of 5:15 p.m., responders were still on the scene, according to Southampton Town Police. The Hampton Bays Ambulance responded as well as police.

The call came in at 4:42 p.m. Further information, including about the extent of any injuries, was not immediately available.

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No pedestrians, equestrians, or cyclists.

What in the name of good common sense would possess someone to think they could or even should operate a bicycle on Sunrise Highway?

P.S. Not the first time I've heard about it, or seen it personally...
By Mr. Z (11114), North Sea on May 29, 15 9:56 PM
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The bicyclists are out of control out here on the east end. They think they own the roadway.
By tookatz (83), westhampton beach on May 29, 15 9:59 PM
Do any of the above commenters care to consider that the cyclist may not have been traveling on the exit ramp but may just have been crossing it while riding on Route 24?
By VOS (1173), WHB on May 30, 15 12:58 PM
Well, on the ramp is not under the bridge, or on Route 24. On the ramp, would tend to mean physically on the entrance/exit ramp itself.

The signage is posted plain as day. Maybe we just need a couple more, and make them larger...
By Mr. Z (11114), North Sea on May 30, 15 5:40 PM
Think I'm with VOS on this one. Rider was probably on the shoulder heading down towards the diner. Had to cross the ramp. Better reporting would be helpful.
By bird (777), Southampton on May 30, 15 8:31 PM
The compassion shown by the first three posters is truly heartwarming.

Should the cyclist have been on the exit ramp? Likely not. Was it good judgment on the part of the cyclist? Again, likely not.

However, this injured cyclist has family and friends who really don't need to see or read this sort of proselytizing while their loved attempts to recover from his/her injuries.

Save the soapbox scenarios for another place and time and show a little humanity. It will do you ...more
By Uncle Fester (59), Southampton on May 30, 15 1:11 PM
Uncle Fester, let us know where to send the get well cards.
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on May 30, 15 10:28 PM
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None of this is accurate.
By lifesaver (117), speonk on May 30, 15 9:29 PM
1) if the cyclist was on the ramp exiting or entering the highway , obviously he shouldn't have .
2) if he was simply crossing the exit lane , he was well within his rights to do so
3) in either case , why did the driver not see the the cyclist ?
By AndersEn (163), Southampton on May 31, 15 10:50 AM
That's why they call it an accident.
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on May 31, 15 7:21 PM
LOL, BWI. So much for all the speculation about the poor, helpless bicycle rider.
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on May 31, 15 7:25 PM
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