A 52-year-old bicyclist died on Pioneer Road at the bike crossing. This is the third bicycle fatality in Wisconsin this year compared to two at this time last year.
Police have identified the victim as Darlene Mingo of Cedarburg. This was a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Darlene Mingo.
The crash happened at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, according to Cedarburg Police Capt. Glenn Lindberg.
One westbound car stopped for Mingo on her bike, but another westbound car failed to stop and struck her, Lindberg said. Mingo was taken to the hospital by Flight for Life; she died days later.
Police Chief Thomas Frank said the driver who struck Mingo is a 33-year-old Cedarburg man. Frank said police are waiting for the results of blood tests and other reports to decide whether to cite the driver or seek criminal charges against him.
Unfortunately, this is a common crash type at crosswalks.
Whenever any vehicle is stopped at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian, personal delivery device, bicyclist, or rider of an electric personal assistive mobility device to cross the roadway, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.346.24(3)
The most important responsibility of drivers is to attend to the task of driving,eliminate distractions and pay attention to all other road users.
Even though more can be done to improve safety,it is important to remember cycling remains a safe and healthy activity. The rate of cyclist deaths in Wisconsin has declined significantly since 1970.
Immediately following the crash, the bicycle crossing signs on the road were replaced with larger more visible signs that include both bicycle and pedestrian symbols. The Interurban Advisory Council will be meeting with municipalities to talk about short-term and long-term solutions to the crossings of the Interurban trail. Municipalities along this corridor see the value in the trail and want to work together to make the crossings safe and comfortable for all trail users.