Update: Injured bicyclist ID’d as Manorville woman

07/05/2011 1:00 PM |
The Huffy Santa Fe

The Huffy Santa Fe

Riverhead Police have identified the bicyclist who was critically injured in a Wading River car crash last week as 53-year-old Jane Whittenburg of Manorville.

It took police several days after the 6 p.m Wednesday crash to learn who the woman was, as she was not carrying any identification.

Ms. Whittenburg was wearing black bicycle shorts, a t-shirt and black sneakers and riding a woman’s blue Huffy Santa Fe bicycle — as shown in the picture — when she was hit by a 2009 Nissan driven by Michelle Richter, 29, of Medford, who was heading north on Wading River Manor Road, police had said.

She was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center where she remained Monday with injuries still being described as serious.

Riverhead Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia said last week the accident is still under investigation, but that sun glare may have led to the collision.

Detectives are asking anyone with additional information to call 727-4500.

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  • Was the driver arrested for driving while blind? Isn’t it incumbent upon a driver to not travel faster than he(she) can see to stop in? I believe that is in TX VC 545 somewhere, there are a lot of provisions in that one.

  • This doesn’t surprise me. The bicycle traffic is a tad too high in this area. If you intend on biking on a very busy street you should perhaps wear brighter clothing instead of all black.

    Somewhat surprising this happened on Wading River Manor Road, but the bigger problem to me is North Country east of the fire department. This is an insanely busy road and despite the ridiculously high grade of the terrain, there are many bikers.

    I can’t speak for all of them, but several of them appear to be “professional amateurs” or club members, and often they will inconsiderately act like this is the big city and stray a bit too close to traffic or hold up cars from getting past them.

    Find safer roads to enjoy your bicycling.

  • Just got to wondering how the sun could glare into the driver’s eyes when she was headed NORTH. and a good 2 1/2 hours before sunset which would have the sun at least 37 degrees above the horizon. Perhaps it was the reflection off the screen of her cell phone. And I apologize for getting the state the wreck happened in wrong. I read at least a dozen of these reports a day and sometimes I forget to look at the ads to place the outlet and try to place the location by landmark names, and the hospital name was very similar to a hospital in San Antonio TX.

  • There are NO safe roads since there are NO safe drivers. Perhaps one shouldn’t wear all black at night but in daylight? Come on get a grip on something other than your car steering wheel goneja.

  • No one making comments was in the car with the driver. None of you know anything about what actually happened. Michelle is a sensible, caring, lovely young women. She is neither careless while driving nor is she reckless. This was an accident, plain and simple. I feel awful for the women who was injured. I pray every day that she recovers from her injuries. Unless you have something important to say please keep your negative comments to yourself. Posting your opinion is not at all helpful or needed.

  • Leave it to the Internet vultures to come up in here and make comments about something they know nothing about. Were you guys there to witness the accident? Did you see EXACTLY what happened? I don’t think so. She was NOT using a cell phone at the time of the accident and that was verified by police. She was not travelling at excessive speeds. That will be verified by the investigation. Maybe bicyclists should realize that they, too, have to follow the rules of the road and travel on the RIGHT side of the road, biking toward oncoming traffic. I’ll be happy to meet up with anyone who wants to discuss this in person. Michelle was not in the wrong and I will tell this right to your friggin’ faces. You people disgust me.

  • Leave it to the Internet vultures to come up in here and make comments about something they know nothing about. Were you guys there to witness the accident? Did you see EXACTLY what happened? I don’t think so. She was NOT using a cell phone at the time of the accident and that was verified by police. She was not travelling at excessive speeds. That will be verified by the investigation. Maybe bicyclists should realize that they, too, have to follow the rules of the road and travel on the RIGHT side of the road, biking toward oncoming traffic. I’ll be happy to meet up with anyone who wants to discuss this in person. Michelle was not in the wrong and I will tell this right to your friggin’ faces. You people disgust me.

  • “not* biking toward oncoming traffic”