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Bicyclist Suffers a Broken Leg in Accident on Arsenal Street in Watertown

The Cambridge woman reportedly got her handlebar tangled with a car's mirror, sending her flying.

A 25-year-old Cambridge woman suffered a serious broken leg Friday morning at around 9 a.m. when she reportedly got her bicycle's handlebar tangled with the mirror of a car. 

The woman flew over her bicycle and broke her right lower leg, said Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Rob Iannett.

"She had a compound fracture of her leg - the bone was almost poking through the skin," Iannetta said. "She was alert and never lost consciousness."

Paramedics took her to Beth Israel Hospital to be treated, Iannetta said.

She was riding across the bridge on Arsenal Street between Brighton and Watertown.

Sonny Beaches September 02, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Riding a bike in Watertown is always dangerous. Riding during the morning rush hour is suicide.
Paul Angiolillo September 02, 2011 at 10:25 PM
The problem is that some people still think that commuting by bike is a way to be a good citizen, mitigate air and noise pollution, stay more fit, economize, make more livable cities, and do their part to lessen the need for oil-fueled foreign wars. They just don't want to wake up and smell the fumes.
Paul Angiolillo September 03, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Sorry for giving a mini-rant about bike commuting...I've been doing it off and on since the 1970s, so it's near and dear to me. (I also own a car.) I do agree that it's "always dangerous." Not sure what the answer is, given our culture.
Sonny Beaches September 03, 2011 at 01:51 AM
No need to apologize, I walk, bike and ride the bus more than I drive my car. My neighbors consider me quite odd. Of course they all own land galleons which they use to commute, mainly to BJ's and the Dunkin Donuts. You are being too kind characterizing the issue as one of "culture". Not being from these parts I find little of what I would call culture in Watertown. In closing it is I who should apologize for my remark. I have grown a bit weary of the omniscient locals of late.
Scooby 37 September 03, 2011 at 10:55 AM
True bike vs car story - years ago my friends and I were driving around P-Town. We were going down a very narrow one way street when a guy on a bicycle turned onto the road ahead of us (going the wrong way on the one way). He was riding right up the middle toward us and picking up speed, so I pulled to the right as far as I could and stopped to give him as much of "his" road as I could. Well Mr Arrogant bike rider sped toward us while staring us down. At the last possible second he swerved around the drivers side and proceeded to crash into a telephone pole a few feet from the drivers door. He bounced off the pole and crashed into the side of my Eldorado leaving some nasty scratches down the side of my car. I guess he wasn't hurt because he jumped right up and began screaming profanities at us. We got out to make sure he was OK, but the locals came out of their houses assuming we had hit him. It started to get ugly, but fortunately a pedestrian who had seen the whole thing spoke up on our behalf. The neighborhood folk all gathered around him and consoled him about the damage to his bike, but no concern for the series of three foot long scratches down the side of my car. So bicyclists, remember that when you are on the road, you are another vehicle and should obey the traffic laws if you want any respect.
Sonny Beaches September 03, 2011 at 12:31 PM
"...years ago...a very narrow one way street...my Eldorado...neighborhood folk..." Moral of the story, don't drive a land galleon on village streets, or anywhere for that matter.
Patrick Bradley September 03, 2011 at 06:18 PM
I heard that lady who broke her leg is a dynamite gal! Get well soon!!!
Peter Jones September 06, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Firstly I hope the woman is recovering quickly. Do we know if there were any citiations issued to the injured woman or the driver of the car? Also bit off topic, Sonny mentioned how he takes the bus. I have always wondered if buses contributed to or reduce the amount of pollution. They obviosuly use more fuel and emit more gases than a normal car. They spend much of the time idling and create additional traffic behind them which leads to more pollution. Does this outweigh the benefits? Has a study ever beed done?

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