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Police: Cyclist at fault in collision with car

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A man is recovering at Fletcher Allen Health Care after police say he was hit by a car while riding his bike in downtown Burlington Thursday night.

Residents in Burlington who live near the junction of North Willard and Pearl streets say they've seen their fare share of near misses and accidents.

"Many close calls. Kids walking through here, cars turning in on them, cyclists coming up and down sidewalks, cars turning in on them," said Luis Vivanco who lives nearby.

An accident Thursday evening was just the latest, Vivanco says, of cars, bikes, and pedestrians, not sharing the road. 

"This is, I think, one of Burlington's more dangerous intersections," he said.

Police say 58-year-old Douglas Camper was thrown from his bike because he was going fast and didn't stop at a stop sign, and a car turning right from Pearl onto North Willard slammed into him.

"The bicyclist went head over heels and landed on the ground head first and sustained unknown injuries at this time," said Sgt. Thomas Radford of the Burlington Police Department.

But failure to share the road is not just an issue at this intersection. Police say it happens all over the city.

"They have to adhere to the same rules as vehicles on the roadway," Radford said. "They should come to a complete stop and clear the intersection before they proceed through."

Cyclists like Vivanco feel drivers should follow the same rules. He says he's seen many near misses in his travels.

"I think everyone has to make a big commitment to being safer here," Vivanco said.

And he feels everyone includes city officials, especially for the intersection he pedals past almost every day.

"I think the city needs to look at this intersection more carefully and see does it need some turn lights, does it -- what can be done engineering wise to this intersection?" explained Vivanco.

As for the driver in Thursday's accident, police say she will not be facing any charges but the cyclist could be cited for failing to obey the rules of the road.

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