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Merrimack Valley

March 5, 2013

Injured runner hopes bicyclist will step up

Woman hurt by bike rider while training on Plum Island

NEWBURY — A Boston woman injured Sunday morning when struck by a young bicyclist while jogging on Northern Boulevard is asking for the boy behind the handlebars to come forward.

Training for next month’s Boston Marathon, Bonnie Carr Bowers said she was jogging northbound with a companion on a Northern Boulevard sidewalk around 9 a.m. when she was struck from behind by a boy operating a bicycle. The force of the blow sent Bowers sprawling to the ground, where she cracked her head open on the pavement. The boy, whom she described as around 5 feet tall, 12 to 13 years old and wearing a black or black and white helmet, stopped to check on her. But after apologizing, the boy continued northbound and didn’t return.

Police and an ambulance crew responded and Bowers was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where she was treated and released. Bowers said she received four stitches as a result of the collision.

A Newbury police official said yesterday the department was conducting an investigation into the accident, which took place near 26th Street.

The 38-year-old Bowers was on the fourth mile of her 10-mile training run for the iconic marathon, this year to be held on April 15, when she was hit. While conducting most her training in Newton and the Jamaica Plain area of Boston, Bowers said a friend of hers from Amesbury suggested she try training on Plum Island due to its flatness. Bowers said she has completed four previous Boston Marathons and is still on track to run in this year’s event.

“I still plan to do it, but I have been told I can’t run for a week,” she said.

Bowers said the boy was riding southbound at first and began shouting at them to get out of the way despite the fact that there was a bicycle lane right on the street. The boy then rode past them erratically before looping around and striking her from behind. Weather conditions that morning featured the sun trying to break from behind snow-producing clouds, but visibility wasn’t a factor, according to Bowers.

It is important for police to identify the bicyclist, she added, so further accidents can be prevented.

“He might do this to someone else,” Bowers said.

Asked if she might return to Plum Island to resume her training, Bowers said it was unlikely.

“I think we’re both put off by it by now. Even she is because of what happened,” Bowers said, referring to her running companion.

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