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UR Medical Center chief recounts spring bicycle accident

Published: October 2, 2009

bradfordRiding his bicycle on a hilltop near his Canandaigua home May 30, Dr. Bradford Berk didn’t see any cars coming along the narrow North Vine Valley Road.

But rounding a sharp curve, he suddenly encountered an oncoming car “quite a bit over in my side of the lane,” said Berk, speaking publicly Thursday for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury. Berk is still on leave from his post as chief of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The car forced him off the pavement, said Berk. “When I got off the road, my bicycle tire blew. As I continued to pedal, I ended up going over the handlebars.”