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Bicyclist apparently OK after being hit on 89A Friday night

A 32-year-old bicyclist from Prescott who suffered severe injuries in a collision with a car Friday night on Highway 89A near the Yavapai County Fairgrounds apparently will be all right.

Prescott Valley Police Department Sgt. Brandon Bonney said that paramedics in a Native Air helicopter airlifted the victim, Micah Caudle, to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix with injuries to his hands and legs.

"He's still getting some extensive treatment today (Saturday) from hospital staff," Bonney said.

Around 9:03 p.m. Friday, police say 27-year-old Natalie Holmes of Cottonwood was driving her 2005 Suzuki station wagon eastbound on 89A toward Cottonwood when she attempted a legal pass of another vehicle from the eastbound lane to the westbound lane.

Bonney said Holmes hit Caudle while he was riding in the opposite direction in the westbound lane as she made the pass near 89A and the Prescott Ridge area close to the fairgrounds.

Officers at the scene said Holmes and the two passengers in her car were wearing seatbelts and did not suffer injuries in the crash.

"It wasn't quite a head-on, but more of a grazing collision," Bonney said.

Law enforcement officers closed part of Highway 89A Friday night so that the helicopter could land to load and transport the bicyclist.

The accident remains under investigation.

This story updates The Daily Courier's original report posted 9:29 p.m. Friday.


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