SA cyclists concerned after latest accident involving motor vehicle

Woman training for triathlon hit by truck

SAN ANTONIO - There has been yet another cyclist seriously injured while riding on a local road this week. The San Antonio cycling community is pleading with drivers to follow the law and share the road.

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On Wednesday, Monica Caban and Veronica Kinney, both 39, and both of San Antonio, were on their bicycles on the service road of Interstate 10 in Leon Springs training for a triathlon when their worst fear came true.

"We were as far to the right as we could be and a woman in a truck hit Monica from behind, " Kinney said. "It took the bike under the truck and Monica flew through the air, I'm sure probably 30 feet."

Caban suffered a serious spinal cord injury and had surgery at University Hospital Friday afternoon to try to repair it.

Kinney is cautiously optimistic her friend and training partner can make a full recovery.

"She's tough. She's a fighter. She's an Ironman triathlete, and I know she is going to work hard to be walking again and to be doing everything she wants to do but right now we don't know exactly how much she is going to be doing," Kinney said.

Much of the San Antonio cycling community is frustrated by this latest incident, and is pleading with area motorists to give them the respect the law requires and common courtesy everyone deserves.

"Please share the road. Please let us be out there. Recognize that it's a human being on the bicycle," said Jimmy Britton, owner of Britton's Bicycle Shop.

"Be careful, no matter what it is. Texting, or a french fry on the floorboard, or your kids, or whatever. I know its so hard to do. I have kids. I have distractions -- and we all do -- but they're just so many unnecessary distractions." Kinney said.

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