BLUFFTON

Sun City bike rider hospitalized after being hit by car in fog

astice@islandpacket.comJanuary 15, 2013 

A 70-year-old woman pushing her bicycle on a dirt trail near The Willows subdivision in greater Bluffton was hit by a car Saturday morning amid heavy fog.

The S.C. Highway Patrol said that Carol Carson of Sun City Hilton Head could not be taken by helicopter for medical treatment because of the weather conditions. She was taken by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

Hospital spokesman Michael Notrica said Carson's condition was not available for release Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said a 41-year-old woman driving a 2003 Mercedes sedan struck Carson head-on.

"She was driving west on Lake Point Drive and had missed her turn due to the heavy fog when she ran into (Carson) pushing her bike," Wyant said.

The Highway Patrol determined the driver was at fault, and she was cited for driving too fast for conditions, Wyant said.

Carson was on a dirt trail at the end of Lake Point Drive, which is a popular shortcut for cyclists to Old Miller Road and Palmetto Bluff.

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