Car causes local bicyclist to crash

Monday August 6, 2012

DUMMERSTON -- A Marlboro woman riding her bicycling along Route 5 suffered several broken bones Sunday when she collided with a car whose driver had cut in front of her.

According to Vermont State Police Senior Trooper Kurt Wagenbach, shortly after noon on Aug. 5, 59-year-old Cathy Osman was riding with three other cyclists in a single-file formation near the intersection of Route 5 and Dummerston Station Road.

As she was peddling through the intersection, a 2006 Honda Accord, driven by 58-year-old Walter Ronlund, of Medford, Mass., made a left turn from Route 5 onto Dummerston Station Road and cut in front of Osman.

The woman was unable to avoid Ronlund's vehicle and crashed into his passenger side back door and quarter panel.

As a result of the crash, Osman suffered a broken right collar bone and two broken ribs on her right side.

Initially a helicopter was dispatched to the scene but quickly called off when emergency crew members concluded Osman's injuries weren't life threatening.

She was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc.

Trooper Wagenbach stated that Ronlund told him he wasn't aware of any of the four cyclists because he never saw them.

Josh Stilts can be reached at, or 802-254-2311 ext. 273.


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