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Fairfield Firefighters Rescue Teen Struck by Car



    Fairfield firefighters came to the rescue of a bicycle rider Tuesday afternoon. A young woman was struck by an SUV and pinned underneath. (Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014)

    Fairfield firefighters came to the rescue of a bike rider Tuesday afternoon. The young woman was hit by an S-U-V then got pinned underneath

    The driver was trying to make a right turn onto Stratfield Road when she collided with bicyclists at the corner of Stratfield and Suburban Avenue.

    "She was very upset," said Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir, who says the woman was not only upset but in a lot of pain. Kalapir says he and his men did what they could to rescue the woman

    "She was in the supine position on her back in a tucked position underneath the Subaru SUV crossover which is very precarious," Kalapir said. "We were able to lift the motor vehicle using pneumatic airbags and box cribbing."

    It's an incident firefighters call high risk but it's one for which they train.

    "These very difficult events that happen that require a lot of technology and a lot of quick thinking and they don't happen all that often so you gotta be on your toes," Kalapir added.

    Police tell us both women were riding their bikes against traffic on Stratfield Road. The driver of the car was trying to make a right turn and collided with them. Both are at Bridgeport Hospital but are expected to make a full recovery

    "You just feel bad for everyone involved it wasn't a good sight," said Joy Cehovsky, who saw the whole thing out her window. "The woman that hit her was the one holding her hands the entire time and so that was really nice to see."

    Though fire officials know what happened could've been worse they're still sending out a message

    "Now as we're proceeding into the summer season, children on bicycles, adults running, motorcyclists are out there," Kalapir said. "You know everyone just needs to use caution and wear your helmet when you're biking."

    Police are still investigating what happened but they think it's likely the two girls on the bikes were in the wrong.