Thursday, April 17, 2008
Cyclist run down by drunken Klutz
Alleycat champ and cycling advocate Jan Whelan, (who appears in the video below) was run down by a drunk motorist and badly injured while riding with her friend Rachel Harris in downtown Orlando, Florida.
Whalen is an avid bicycle activist and singer. In addition to leading the UCF bike club, she is an active member of Orlando Critical Mass.
Whalen described the collision as sounding like a bomb went off. "I woke up in the road and heard Rachel screaming and when I looked over at her it looked like her face was covered in blood," she said. The motorist, identified as 24-year-old Amy Klutz, who struck Whalen and Harris was given several sobriety tests at the scene of the accident and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Whalen suffered from a broken collar bone, four broken ribs, a fractured hip and various abrasions. Harris suffered from bruises on her head and severe abrasions.