Russians sue, Movistar launches women’s team, Mullen to Trek: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 12, 2017

Photography by Kristof Ramon

Russian riders to sue Wada and Dr Richard McLaren over Rio Olympics exclusion; Movistar team launches women’s team for 2018, unveils new-look team kit; Mullen and Frame sign with Trek-Segafredo; Farrar retires from pro cycling; Race to the Rock: Sarah Hammond on track for a second win; Cyclist fighting for her life after drunk driver hits group of riders in Brooklyn; Video: Sven Nys shows off his cross skills at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup; Video: Ras na mBan Stage Four & Five Highlights; Video: Ras na mBan Stage Six Highlights; Video: Cyclists shrug off hurricane warnings

Cyclist fighting for her life after drunk driver hits group of riders in Brooklyn

by VeloClub

A drunk driver has left a 55-year-old woman fighting for her life after ploughing into a group of cyclists who were taking part in the NYC Century Bike Tour in Brooklyn on Sunday. “He floored it and went through all of us,” Brandon Painter said, according to the New York Daily News. His right foot was run over in the crash.

“He ran over us. He ran over my bike. I was under the front left tire.” More badly hurt was Nancy Pease, who was left lying under the driver’s Dodge Caravan. Firefighters used jacks to lift the van off her, and she was taken to Maimonides Medical Center. She was listed as being in critical condition.

The driver, 39-year-old Antonio Pina, first hit an unoccupied minivan as he pulled out of a parking spot around 9 a.m. The group of roughly 25 riders were waiting at a red light and witnessed that collision. Pina came to a stop behind them, then suddenly accelerated.

“He looked pretty crazy right before he ran us all over,” Painter said. “He looked like he was intent on running this group of people all over.” After the collision, Pina emerged from his vehicle with bloodshot eyes and looked dazed.

“He just stands there, staring,” said a friend of Painter, “not able to comprehend what’s happening.” He was charged with drunk driving.

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