City Councilman Injured When SUV Strikes Bicycle

Sheldon, Iowa – A Sheldon City Councilman was injured around 4:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon (April 4th), when the bicycle he was riding was struck by an SUV near Sheldon.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, 78-year-old City Councilman Pete Hamill was riding his bicycle eastbound on the shoulder of 330th Street, about a quarter to a half-mile west of Country Club Road, just outside the Sheldon city limits. Police say a 2018 Ford Explorer, driven by 30-year-old Alexandra Fischer of Archer, was also eastbound on 330th Street, and failed to move over for Hamill’s bicycle, striking him with the right front corner of her SUV. Fischer reportedly told officers she never saw the bike until the two collided. Authorities say the impact threw Hamill from the bicycle to the shoulder of the roadway. Hamill was transported to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team.

According to the crash report, Hamill was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and had flashing lights activated on both the front and rear of his bicycle.

Fischer was reportedly cited for Failure to Yield the Right of Way to a Non-Motorist. Damage to her SUV was estimated at $4,000.

The Sheldon Fire Company, SCAT and Sheldon EMA assisted at the scene.

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