A Lafayette woman is recovering in the hospital after she was hit by a car while riding her bike last Monday.
Nell Taylor's injuries are serious and has already gone through two major surgeries. She may not have the ability to walk for months. Marcia Andrus first thought her mother was a victim of a hit and run.
After much confusion and frustration, found out that wasn't the case, but her emotions haven't changed as the person responsible was only given an minor citation. "I just wish things would have gone differently," says Andrus.
Andrus rushed to the hospital after a call woke her last Monday night, to tell her, her 53 year old mother was hit by a car while on her bike.
"My mother is disabled," explains Andrus, "she is not allowed to drive. So yes her bike is her only means of transportation."
Andrus said her mother stopped in the bike lane on Johnston Street to see what was playing at the Grand Theater on their big marquee just off the side of the road. That's when she was hit, dragged almost 100 yards to Johnston Street Java.
"Two vertebrae in her neck that are fractured, two in her back. Her spleen was lacerated. She's had three screws placed in her left ankle, and a rod in her right hip and thigh," says Andrus.
The confusion about what happened started when Andrus called the Lafayette Police Department. She says someone in the records department told her it was filed as a hit and run. After a week of going in circles with investigators, the report was found, filed as a general incident.
"All he got was a small citation. There's really no laws that protect riders at this point to the extent they need to be protected," laments Andrus.
Nell Taylor has gone through three surgeries and has a long road to recovery. In the meantime Andrus says she plans on teaming up with biking advocacy groups to try and get more rights for cyclists.
"They are actually reaching out to myself and my mother. So yes I do intend to try and help as much as I can," says Andrus.
Andrus says it could be as long as six months before her mother Nell, gets back on her feet again.
The Lafayette Police Department says there were no witnesses to the crash, so statements were only taken from those involved. The reason for the minor citation to the driver.