Car Hits Bicyclist After Running Red Light, Fayetteville Police Say

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A bicyclist was hospitalized early Monday evening  in Fayetteville after authorities said she was hit by a car that ran a red light.

Liz Williams, 64, was riding her bicycle northbound where Scull Creek Trail crosses North Street. Betty Lou Lester, 68, ran a red light at the intersection with her Chevrolet HHR vehicle and struck Williams, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

The incident happened at 4:58 p.m. Williams was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for scrapes, abrasions and a possible ankle injury, police said.

Lester, of Neosho, Missouri, was cited on suspicion of careless driving and no proof of insurance, according to Fayetteville police.

No other injuries were reported.



    • Nark-ansas

      Apparently the 64 year old woman wasn’t playing in the street, she was riding on the trail which is designated for bicycles and other pedestrian traffic. The car ran the stop light on North street. This intersection is specifically for the trail.

  • Greg

    That’s a crazy crossing for both bikes and cars. Just one of the hazards of riding. I’m betting this could have been avoided with defensive thinking. Hmmm, light says ‘Go’ but car is not stopping. No-foul….play on!

  • Ryan

    “Automobiles are tools, bicycles are toys.”
    Pathetic. I bike and drive, and use both for work and play. On the bike, I use the paved trails and streets.

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