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UPDATE: Car flips, crushes cyclist

This Pontiac Wave wound up upside down early Friday afternoon during a single-vehicle crash near Williams and Garden City roads. There were no serious injuries. - Martin van den Hemel photo
This Pontiac Wave wound up upside down early Friday afternoon during a single-vehicle crash near Williams and Garden City roads. There were no serious injuries.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A cyclist was seriously injured when he became pinned beneath a compact car that had flipped upside down around noon on Friday.

Witness Nancy Mckinstry comforted the 62-year-old man who was injured in the accident, who identified himself as Wayne Phillips.

She contacted The Richmond Review after reading the original story about the accident, which stated that there were no serious injuries.

Phillips, who has a spinal cord injury, had apparently been riding a specialized lay-down style of bike when the accident occurred in front of James Whiteside elementary school.

Mckinstry said the driver of the Pontiac Wave who struck the cyclist looked as though he was just a teenager, and was alone in the vehicle. Indeed, an N sign was affixed to the rear of the grey vehicle.

The Pontiac flipped upside down, and came to a rest facing the wrong direction in the bicycle lane in the westbound lane on Williams Road, just west of Ash Street.

Mckinstry said Phillips' legs were badly injured and pinned beneath the hood of the passenger side of the vehicle.

He remained conscious during the incident and was lucid enough to tell her that his girlfriend's name is also Nancy.

NOTE: The original story indicated that there were no serious injuries in this accident. That information came from a police officer who was photographing the accident scene. Officers at the scene also said that a family was in the Pontiac Wave at the time of the crash, but Mckinstry insists that the sole occupant was the driver.

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