Friday, July 12, 2024

A pregnant cyclist was hit Tuesday near the McDonald’s in Central Square, Cambridge, in an incident tied by police to driver negligence.

The collision took place at 1:52 p.m. Tuesday near 425 Massachusetts Ave., The Port, as the driver of a car made an illegal U-turn and hit the 38-year-old bicyclist, according to police reports. The woman is seven months pregnant.

As first responders tended to her on the scene before taking her to Mount Auburn Hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries, police noted that the car involved was stuck in the middle of the avenue. “It’s got a bike under it and can’t move,” firefighters said, according to scanner reports. Airbags were used to lift the car and free the bike at 2:21 p.m.

The driver was issued a citation for the illegal U-turn, police said.

It was less than a year ago – Oct. 21 – that police responded to a morning crash involving a driver and a pregnant bicyclist at Garden and Linnaean streets, Neighborhood 9. In the 2022 case, the bicyclist was eight months pregnant, but did not need hospitalization and was treated on-scene for injuries to her hands and knees. The driver was cited in that case too.