Site of Saturday Cyclist Collision Was on Dallas Bike Plan Priority List
Israel “Dallas” Torres, a 32-year-old resident of the Dells District, was crossing the Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct on Saturday at 2 p.m. when a car hit him from behind where Zang and Marsalis merge with Jefferson.
Several members of the Oak Cliff cycling community say that, while this crossing is the most convenient for bicycles, it’s also the most dangerous because of the blind spots created by the two merging streets. The Jefferson Viaduct was on the short list of projects to kick off the Dallas Bike Plan, but because of budget issues, private funds will have to make up the difference if the project is to get off the ground.
According to Holly Jefferson, Dallas suffered a broken neck, a broken clavicle, and some nerve damage. The avid cyclist is in the Baylor ICU and is alert and in good spirits, she said.
David Gonzalez is organizing a group ride to visit Dallas this evening. More details to come.
UPDATE: I just spoke with David and he says people are meeting at 2414 Sunset Ave. at 5:30 p.m. to ride to Baylor University Medical Center. David said he’s also looking for a driver that can escort the group, since it will be getting dark at that time.