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Public Safety

Bicycling mother and son struck by pickup in Linn County, taken to UIHC with serious injuries

A mother and her son were seriously injured Tuesday evening when a pickup struck them while they were riding their bikes on a rural road south of Cedar Rapids.

Heidi Burkle, 45, of Cedar Rapids, and her son Reid Burkle, 13, were struck at about 8 p.m. by a westbound pickup truck driven by Trevin Greene, 39, on 76th Avenue Drive, east of C Street SW, according to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Heidi Burkle was flown by Lifeguard Air Ambulance to a local hospital, then to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Reid Burkle was taken to UIHC by Area Ambulance. Both have serious injuries. Greene was uninjured.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the crash.

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