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Quick Reflexes Helps Bus Driver Miss Injured Bicyclist in the Road

Coming down a very dark and curvy Centennial Drive last Monday, Rockridge-route bus driver Fran Hinkston swerved suddenly into the uphill lane, then back into her own lane. She explained to shaken passengers the sudden move was required to prevent running over a cyclist who had crashed and lay injured and unconscious in the road. Hinkston stopped the bus, radioed to request police and an ambulance, then she and passengers exited the bus to attend to the victim and secure the accident site. Hinkston’s quick reflexes likely saved the cyclist’s life. The incident serves as a reminder to cyclists to wear helmets and reduce their speed down the steep incline of Centennial Drive.

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