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White Rock Lake Crashes Raise More Safety Questions

Former prol cyclist knocked unconscious in collision with another biker



    Two weeks after a Dallas jogger was in a fatal crash with a cyclist, discussions about trail safety expanded Wednesday to White Rock Lake after two bicycle collisions there.

    A pedestrian and a cyclist collided at Dalgreen and West Lawther drives on Wednesday morning. Later, two cyclists crashed at West Lawther Drive and Kimberly Lane.

    In the second crash, Ken Kristofek, 43, was T-boned by another cyclist who allegedly ran a stop sign.

    “If I wasn't wearing a helmet, I wouldn't be standing here right now," he said. "I’d be in a vegetable state in an ICU without a doubt,” he said.

    Cyclist Credits Helmet With Saving His Life

    [DFW] Cyclist Credits Helmet With Saving His Life
    A former pro cyclist is knocked unconscious in a crash with another biker at White Rock Lake.
    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010)

    Kristofek, a former professional cyclist and father of two, was rushed to the hospital.

    "When I was hit, I was knocked unconscious and didn't really come to until I was in the hospital,” he said.

    Kristofek said he was riding about 20 miles per hour when he was hit. The impact was strong enough to crack the carbon frame of his bike, along with his helmet.

    Doctors at Baylor treated Kristofek for a mild concussion and a serious case of road rash.

    Kristofek said he got an unexpected visit at the hospital from the 79-year-old cyclist who hit him.

    ”He sought me out to make sure I was fine,” he said.

    And Kristofek said he is fine -- all thanks to his helmet.

    “When you crash, it saves your head, but the helmet itself breaks," he said. "It did its job.”

    The two collisions come more than a week after a Dallas jogger died after sustaining severe head trauma in a crash with a bicyclist along the Katy Trail. An oncoming bicyclist hit Lauren Huddleston when she made an abrupt turn on the trail on Sept. 30. She died Oct. 5.

    In wake of Huddleston's death, the city began looking into ways to improve safety along Katy Trail.

    Kristofek said he firmly believes that riders and runners can co-exist on Dallas city trails. He said Wednesday’s collisions should be even more motivation for the city to look at ways to make White Rock Lake a safer place.