Friday, June 20, 2008

Car Runs Down Bicycling Police Chief

Holy hell - even the cops aren't safe when biking to work. I don't know if that makes me feel better or worse.

LOCKPORT — Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert is expected to miss several weeks of work after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle home from the police station Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic Capt. Michael Neithe will serve as acting chief as Eggert recovers from a broken left leg and several broken ribs.

Eggert is in a cast from his toe to his knee, Neithe said Thursday.

The police chief was thrown from his bike while riding home from work on High Street near Beattie Avenue.

The driver of the car, Rachael A. Cirello, 19, of Middleton Drive, was charged with failure to yield the right of way when Eggert crossed the intersection.