5 cyclists hit, police have man in custody
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police say that early Saturday morning, five cyclists were struck by a car, and one of the victims was struck again by a hit-skip driver before police had a chance to respond.
The incident happened near 10802 St. Clair Ave. around 2:35 am.
The five victims were riding their bicycles in the westbound curb lane of St. Clair Avenue. Rondell L. Dungy, 27, was also heading westbound when he struck the five cyclists as they approached East 108th Street. The cyclists were ejected into the roadway.
An unknown woman driving a 2010 Chevy Cobalt was westbound behind Dungy and she struck one of the victims, 42-year-old Dartangnan Reid. Her vehicle also collided with Dungy's during the accident.
All five cyclists were taken to University Hospitals. They have been identified as 42-year-old Dartangnan Reid, 45-year-old Jamel Linsey, 24-year-old Bernadette Luster, 24-year-old Jamelia Luster, and a 17-year-old girl.
Dungy was arrested on scene for aggravated vehicular assault and suspected OVI, according to a police spokesperson.
An official with University Hospitals said at least three of the victims have been released. Reid and Linsey remain at the hospital where they are stable.
Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director for Bike Cleveland, said that many car accidents involving bikes can often be linked to distracted drivers.
"The common similarities among all of the crashes we've been seeing over the years have been motorists being careless. When you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle it's a responsibility, and you have to take it seriously. You need to put your phone down, you need to not operate a vehicle impaired, you need to pay attention because people's lives are on the line," said VanSickle.
Anyone with information on the female driver should contact Cleveland Police.
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