Dr. Alexander Dlugi, a prominent endocrinologist, maintains he approached Lauren Ellis, then 11, from behind, shouted "watch out" and rang his bicycle bell. As the girl turned around on her in-line skates, the two collided, and the doctor tumbled from his bike.
-- -- --There's more in the Morristown Daily Record, where readers also chimed in with their views.
I haven't found anything about whether the bike and the roller-skating girl collided on a street or on a sidewalk. If it was on a walk, I'd think the doctor was clearly in the wrong under the right-of-way law in most places. And even on the street, wouldn't the skater be considered a pedestrian and the cyclist required to yield to her? I don't claim to know the New Jersey law, but this looks like common sense to me. What do you think?