The driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla who police said struck a 16-year-old bicyclist Wednesday night, apparently attempted to avoid striking the teen but “was unable to do so.”
Limerick Police said Matthew Rutkowski, of Schwenksville, was driving south on Township Line Road at the time of the crash around 10 p.m. when he struck the 16-year-old bicyclist who turned in front of him.
“The bicyclist made a turn in front of [Rutkowski] to go up his driveway,” Limerick Township Police Chief William Albany said. “The bike was black in color and there was no reflector” on the bike.
Albany also confirmed the bicyclist, who was riding with two other friends at the time, was not wearing a helmet.
Although police did not release the bicyclist’s name, The Spring-Ford Reporter’s sister publication, the Mercury, has confirmed his identity as Brian Clarke.
Police said the crash is still under investigation, however, Albany did release several details.
Albany said the preliminary investigation indicates Rutkowski “attempted to avoid [Clarke] but was unable to do so. [Rutkowski] did strike the bike,” sending Clarke onto his windshield.
Clarke “has a very serious head injury. He was flown to the [Hospital at] University of Pennsylvania,” Albany said. A hospital spokesperson Thursday confirmed Clarke was in critical condition.
Albany said “there is no indication of excessive speed on part of the car driver, no indication of impairment” and “the driver of the vehicle voluntarily agreed to provide blood” to be tested for controlled substances.
“We have no indicators he’s under the influence of anything,” Albany said. Additionally, “upon arrival, the police found the car and the bicycle in close proximity to each other,” Albany noted, indicating it appeared as though the vehicle stopped immediately after the collision.