Ashland bicyclist struck by car was not seriously hurt

A bicyclist struck by a car on Ashland's Oak Street and trapped under the car for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon was bruised but not seriously hurt in the accident, police said.

Regina Pelagio, 54, of Ashland, was traveling east, on the wrong side of Hersey Street, when she was struck at about 4:15 p.m. by a Subaru driven by Daniel Wilson, 57, of Ashland, who was headed south on Oak Street, police said.

Pelagio was transported by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center and was doing well this morning, said Sgt. Bob Smith of the Ashland Police Department.

Preliminary reports indicated the Pelagio was traveling on the left side of the street, against traffic, said Lt. Corey Falls. He did not anticipate anyone involved in the crash will be cited.

Wilson did not see the bicyclist and appeared to panic after striking her, said Ashland resident Christopher Brown, who said he witnessed the crash and held the victim's hand until police arrived. He said the bicyclist was dragged underneath the car for about 30 feet.

"I think there was some panic involved," he said. "I don't know how else to explain why the driver didn't stop right away."

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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