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Accident victims released

Amanda Michaels | Friday, September 10, 2004

Though both Saint Mary’s students involved in Wednesday’s car-on-bicycle accident escaped with no serious injuries, it is uncertain whether the bicyclist, Theresa Klear, will be able to make her freshman debut as a Fighting Irish Band member. Klear, 18, was struck by sophomore Ashley Harrison’s car as she biked across State Road 933 from the entrance to Saint Mary’s. Harrison, 19, was driving southbound on 933 at the time and had a green light at the intersection Saint Joseph County Police spokeswoman Jaimee Thirion said. Harrison confirmed that she had a green light, but Klear, who is suffering some memory loss from the incident, asserted that the traffic signal indicated that she could still cross.”I remember that I saw the light flashing for me to go, and a group of runners was going in front of me, so I tried to get across behind them,” Klear said. The accident was reported at 4:45 p.m. to Saint Mary’s security, which responded immediately. Saint Joseph County Police and the Notre Dame Fire Department also responded. Harrison was taken to Memorial Hospital and Klear was taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for treatment. Harrison reported no injuries, and said she was released around 7 p.m. Her car, however, was not so lucky, and is currently under repair for “a cracked windshield and dent.”Klear experienced a major concussion and reportedly blacked out after impact. “My last memory is the car being two feet away from me,” she said. “I couldn’t even tell you what color it was.”Her knee was also badly scraped and her body is covered in abrasions, she said. After undergoing extensive testing at the hospital, Klear was released to the care of her parents. The security office is holding her bike as evidence, so there is no word on its condition.”I don’t look to be using it for quite a while though,” she added. Klear knew of no legal action in the works, but said she just wants everything to “turn out okay.”For the freshman falto, her immediate focus is being able to march onto the field Saturday.”I’m just trying to get myself together so I don’t miss this game,” she said.