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Bicyclist injured in Franklin Street crash sustains life-threatening injuries

Cars wait at the intersection of Franklin Street and Columbia on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

UPDATE Feb. 2, 8:55 p.m.: The Daily Tar Heel has yet to independently verify the condition of the bicyclist hit in the Jan. 25 crash.

Mayor Pro Tem Karen Stegman said the bicyclist who was involved in the crash died at the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting Wednesday.

The crash is still under investigation, said Alex Carrasquillo, Chapel Hill’s community safety public information officer.

UPDATE, Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.: 

The bicyclist involved in a crash on Franklin Street on Jan. 25 currently remains at UNC Hospitals with life-threatening injuries, according to a statement by the Town of Chapel Hill.

The statement detailed that the driver of a parked vehicle opened their door to get out of the vehicle when the bicyclist struck the open door and was thrown from the bicycle.

An investigation is still underway.

A crash involving a bicyclist occurred on Franklin Street between Roberson Street and Graham Street Tuesday, according to a statement from Chapel Hill Police. 

The extent of the biker‘s injuries is unknown. The individual was taken to UNC Hospitals following the incident, Community Safety Public Information Officer Alex Carrasquillo said. 

The section of Franklin Street where the crash occurred was briefly closed around noon, but has since reopened.


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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the bicyclist who was involved in the crash died, based on comments from Mayor Pro Tem Karen Stegman. The Daily Tar Heel has yet to independently verify the resident's conditions. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error. 

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