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2 car vs. bicycle accidents in less than 24 hours

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKALB – DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies responded to two accidents involving cars and bicycles in a span of less than 24 hours this week. About 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, a driver was headed south on Gletty Road south of Route 34 in Sandwich when she struck a bicyclist who was southbound on Gletty, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The cyclist was thrown from the bike and taken to Valley West Community Hospital for minor injuries.

The driver, Michelle Jo Nash, 46, of the 400 block of East 1251st Road in Earlville, was charged with improper overtaking, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a separate accident at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, a bicyclist disobeyed a stop sign while headed west on McGirr Road at Tower Road, according to a news release.

The driver of a pick-up truck tried to avoid hitting the cyclist, but minor contact was made.

The cyclist was treated at the scene for abrasions and refused further medical attention.

The accidents were less than a week after John M. McGrath, 38, of Sycamore, was killed when he was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle to work early on Mt. Hunger Road the morning of Sept. 27.

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