Friends of Long Beach Bicyclist Seriously Injured Last Week Set Up GoFundMe Page


Injured Long Beach bicyclist Dana Wells. Photo courtesy of Katherine Cogne. 

Friends of a Long Beach bicyclist who was seriously injured last Wednesday when she was struck by a truck in Belmont Heights have created a GoFundMe page to help cover medical bills and other costs while she remains bedridden.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, officers responded to the intersection of Quincy Avenue and Vista Street at 5:14PM on Wednesday, September 23, regarding a vehicle-versus-bicyclist collision.

Long Beach resident Dana Wells was then transported to a local hospital by the Long Beach Fire Department.

The 39-year-old suffered a shattered pelvis, broken hip, broken foot, and multiple abrasions and cuts, said her friend Katherine Cogne, also a Long Beach resident.

According to Cogne, Wells regularly rode her bike, being a careful rider and always using her helmet.

Though Wells’ surgery on Sunday went well, Cogne said it is still another six to eight weeks until rehabilitation can begin.

For this reason Cogne set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Wells’ medical costs and other bills, such as rent, that she will not be able to pay for while in the hospital.

Wells is currently employed with the Long Beach eatery Schooner or Later and does not have any sick pay, Cogne stated on the site.

Wells’ parents live outside the state and she is not married nor does she have any children.

Since creating the fundraising page four days ago $7,275 out of $10,000 has been raised.

“She’s just an incredible person, and she’s been there for me so much and I just want to step up now,” Cogne said.

Click here to visit the GoFundMe page.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.