Henderson cyclist hit by car is in a coma following severe head injury

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - Cara Cox remains in a coma after suffering a severe head injury while cycling in Henderson near the intersection of Sun City Anthem Drive and Thunder Bay Avenue.

Cox and two friends were involved in a crash that sent two of them to the hospital on Wednesday night.

"I was devastated. It brought me back to when I was hit by a car in 2011," Jon Trimble, a friend of Cara's, said.

Trimble says it happens too often in the valley. So far, eight people have been killed this year while cycling. Trimble immediately taken back to his crash.

"I vaulted 8 feet in the air," Trimble said.

Trimble says the driver took off and left him for dead but miraculously he made it out alive. In Cara's case, the 74-year-old female driver stayed on the scene. Officers say speed and alcohol are not a factor in the crash and no charges have been filed.

The cycling community, friends and family of Cara now standing by her side during this difficult time.

"She's just a sweet caring person. She'll do anything for anybody," Trimble said. "She's been improving so much and she really had a smile on her face any time she's out riding."

Whenever a crash like this one happens the cycling community pulls together. Keely Brooks is part of the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition. They want drivers to understand sharing the road is the law.

"It's totally preventable when somebody is hit and their life is changed," Brooks said.

Drivers are required to stay at least three feet from a bicycle and move over to another lane when available. Brooks wants drivers to know those cyclists aren't just fans of the sport.

"The person that's riding that bike on the side of the road is somebody's daughter, mother and family member," Brooks said.

NHP recently began strict enforcement of the three foot law.
Brooks says she's had her close calls.

"It's terrifying," Brooks said. "You feel the wind and you almost sucked in to the lane closer to the car and it's enough to make you want to get off your bike."

For the time being these friends now off their bikes and with Cara in person and in spirit as she fights for her life.

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