Police seek witnesses to Urbana collision

URBANA — Police are hoping that someone who saw a car-bicycle collision at a major intersection last week will contact them.

"We're trying to dig a little deeper to find somebody who saw what happened," said Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin.

On July 25, Richard J. Francis, 52, of the 700 block of South Ashton Drive, was riding his bicycle west on Windsor Road at 4 p.m. when he apparently cycled into the crosswalk and into the path of a car headed south on Philo Road.

The driver of the car, Lori L. Forster, 49, of rural Sidney, was unable to avoid hitting Francis, the report said.

Francis, who was wearing a helmet, has been hospitalized since. He was listed in good condition Wednesday morning at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

But given the location of the accident, Seraphin, said, police are surprised there were no witnesses remaining afterward.

"Based on the time, the date and the place ... we're hoping to find someone that can help us confirm some of the information we have, or refute some of the information we have," he said.

Seraphin said an accident reconstruction specialist was assigned to the case.

Forster was ticketed for operation of an uninsured vehicle. Seraphin said Wednesday that no other tickets have been issued.

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