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Clarification: An earlier version of this article stated that charges were being pressed against the driver of the parked car. The story has been updated to reflect that the charges are pending.

A car-bicycle accident occurred on the corner of Meridian and Lake Street Tuesday afternoon. Police were notified at 3:18 p.m.

According to witnesses, five police cars and an ambulance were at the scene.

According to Fort Collins police, Hans Updegraff, 37, was biking west on Lake Street when he was hit by an opened car driver’s door. The driver of the parked car was Emma Holt, an undeclared CSU freshman. A Suburu Outback, driven by animal sciences major Kathryn Linton, ran over Updegraff.

Updegraff is a CSU junior studying fish, wildlife and conservation biology. He was wearing a helmet.

The cyclist was passed out, according to a witness, Vatsal Paghadar, a resident on Lake and engineering major at Colorado State University.

“There was a lot of blood,” Paghadar said.

Lake Street was closed between Shields and Whitcomb for three hours after the incident. Though police are continuing their investigation, they do not believe either of the drivers were intoxicated. Speed and distraction did not affect the collision. Charges are pending against the driver of the parked car.

Updegraff was transported to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. At 7:15 p.m., he was in critical condition, according to hospital staff.

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Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-416-2224.

This story is developing; stay with Collegian for updates.

Collegian Diversity Beat Reporter Hannah Ditzenberger can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter at @h_ditzenberger.

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