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Friday, April 12, 2024

A car cut off a UF student on a scooter Wednesday, propelling her onto the car but leaving her without major injuries.

The car drove in front of Alyson Burdge, a 21-year-old UF mechanical engineering junior, who was driving south on 13th Street, said Cpl. Angelina Valuri, public information officer for Gainesville Police Department.

Burdge said she had a minor concussion and bruises, including a noticeable one on her forehead. She wasn't wearing a helmet.

A 2005 Chevy Classic was traveling north on 13th Street at 10:15 a.m. when the driver turned left, intending to turn onto Union Road on UF's campus.

The car turned in front of Burdge, who had the green light. Burdge said she was driving at about 35 mph.

Her 2008 Meit scooter hit the car, and she was thrown forward. Burdge said she remembers hitting the car's front tire.

Burdge said about four pedestrians rushed to help her. She said one of them called 911 and another moved her scooter, which was smashed in the front, out of the road.

Burdge's mother took her to Shands at UF. The trip made her miss four classes, including Mechanics of Materials, where she missed a quiz.

The 38-year-old car driver was given a traffic citation, and her insurance company called Burdge about covering the damages to her scooter.

The plastic on the front of her scooter is entirely gone, exposing the wires. The front wheel is also jammed, Burdge said.

Even if her scooter is fixed, she said she probably won't be riding it anytime soon.

"I'm done with scooters, obviously," she said. "I'm not going to ride it anymore. I'm just going to take a bus."

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