Mayfield teen dies after being hit by 2 cars

MAYFIELD — A bicyclist died at Nathan Littauer Hospital after being struck by two vehicles , according to police.

State police are investigating a fatal accident involving two vehicles and a bicyclist that occurred on Route 30 near Dennie Loop Road at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Saturday in the town of Mayfield.

An investigation showed that 16-year-old William Drake, of Mayfield, was traveling on the southbound shoulder of Route 30, facing east.

Drake began to enter the roadway, when a vehicle operated by 23-year-old Julie Tineo, of Amsterdam, swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid hitting him.

According to a release, the front passenger side of the vehicle hit the front tire of the bike, spinning Drake and sending him further into the southbound lane.

A second vehicle driven by a 27-year-old Halfmoon resident Breanna Ferrara, was unable to stop or avoid the bike, and struck Drake in the roadway.

Drake was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he died.

There have been no tickets or charges filed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclist deaths occur most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; bicyclist deaths occur more often in urban areas; bicyclist deaths were eight times higher for males than females in 2017; and alcohol was involved in 37 percent of all fatal bicyclists crashes in 2017.

Some safety tips for bicyclists include: Drive in the same direction as traffic; obey street signs, signals and markings; assume the other person doesn’t see you; no texting or listening to music; go slow and look for traffic when crossing a street and be prepared to stop and follow pedestrian signals; and slow down and look for cars backing out of driveways or turning.

Some safety tips for drivers include: yield to bicyclists and do not underestimate their speed; in parking lots, at stop signs, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles including bicycles; drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear and stop to look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red; obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist; and give cyclists room, do not pass too closely and pass bicyclists like any other vehicle — when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.

By Patricia Older