CHP: Driver Hit Cyclist While Turning Left

In an update to a collision between a car and a cyclist that happened last Monday, CHP officials tell Patch the driver was at fault in the accident.

An happened when the driver was making a left turn from Lake Avenue onto Pine Street and struck the cyclist, according to Officer Tom Miller, of the .

Miller said the driver was waiting to make the left turn as vehicle traffic passed by.  The cars heading down south may have obstructed his view of the bike.

When the cars cleared, the driver went to make a left turn and collided with the cyclist, who was heading southbound on Lake.

The biker's front wheel was damaged and he was thrown from the bike, Miller said.  The cyclist complained of pain in the hips and he was transported to Huntington Hospital.  Miller said he does not know the outcome of the cyclist's injuries, but said it was possible that he suffered a bone fracture of some sort.

The driver will be found at fault for not yielding to the cyclist, Miller said.  He added that the type of accident is not uncommon, and sometimes people just don't see all the traffic on the street when making a left turn.

"These accidents do happen," Miller said. "We try to encourage people to take extra second to look."

Miller, who is also the community officer for the Altadena Station, said he is aware that people have noticed problems with bikers not stopping at stop signs and impeding drivers while riding with multiple riders abreast.

He said cyclists should ride single file, and added that the CHP will be considering increased enforcement for cyclists running stop signs and other traffic violations.

navigio September 19, 2011 at 06:33 PM
a few months ago there was a discussion on this site about cyclists and stop signs and such. in deference to that feeling of community, i went on a bike ride on which i stopped at every single stop sign, including putting my foot on the pavement (i generally stop anyway, but can balance in stopped mode so rarely take my foot out of the pedals). near the end of that very ride this exact accident almost happened to me at california and hudson, though there were no cars to block the left turner view, just their ambivalence. ;-) due to evasive, cat-like action (and really good brakes), i was able to avoid the collision. later that day i went to a 4 way stop sign intersection in the same neighborhood and stood there for 15 minutes. not a single car stopped completely at the intersection, even, surprisingly enough, when there was cross-traffic. every time i drive on corson and notice the sign that says "cyclists watch out for right-turning traffic" (giving, of course, the impression that cars have the right of way even when they are acting illegally) i curse pasadena's bicycle plan. i think its too bad that this article points out that the driver here was clearly at fault, but then goes on to talk about how annoying wayward cyclists are. since apparently the chp officer only talks to anti-cyclist types, i'd like to officially register my complaint that cars rarely stop at stop signs either (perhaps less often even) .... not that anyone cares..
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 19, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Navigio - You can always call the officer, Tom Miller, at 626-296-8100 (ask for him) and tell him that, if you feel that way. It's a common myth that local officials, local officers, etc. don't care about what the public thinks. What happens is that they hear from the most passionate people, and they often tend to believe (whether rightly or wrongly) that most of the community feels that way.
navigio September 19, 2011 at 08:03 PM
ha! time to put my money where my mouth is. thanks dan.
True Freedom September 20, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Do it, Nav! I'll call them too. I'm gonna mention the 3 foot passing, and make sure he knows that cyclists may take a substandard lane and do NOT have to ride single file under such conditions.
Mike September 20, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Look I have no love for cyclists but realize I have to share the road with them but I find this article to be very unfair to them. First the headline says a cyclist was hit, then it goes on to say it wasn't his fault which is usually true when it's car vs bike. But here's the kicker the author goes on to start complaining about cyclists! I have to ask what kind of jounalist does something like this? Someone with a personal adgenda against cyclists would be my guess. If you're going to report the news, please keep your personal feelings out of it. This is why the populace has grown to distrust the media thanks to yahoo's like this.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 20, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Actually, Mike, I am a cyclist, and if anything, I tend to sympathize with them in cases like this. The reason I mentioned it is that the officer I spoke with spent a good portion of the time talking about their plans for increased bike enforcement. I thought it would be in the public's interest to know that the CHP is thinking about cracking down on cyclist infractions... as someone who rides almost daily in Altadena it certainly was of interest to me.
Mike September 20, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Okay, let me get this straight then. A cyclist is hit by a motorist who is then to be at fault so they are going to increase enforcement of cyclists breaking the law? Sorry, Dan, I thought it was you stating this as cyclists were causing the problem.
yeahian September 22, 2011 at 02:09 PM
yesterday for the first time a sherriffs officer actually yielded to me a pedestrian in a cross walk. 20+ other times this did not happen they usually speed up. just saying.. I would love to see a chp officer pull over a sherriff and ticket him. like that would ever happen,.
yeahian September 22, 2011 at 02:14 PM
cyclists have the most to lose so they should be on the look out.As cyclist or pedestrians we have the most to lose and have to watch out for them and ourselves. Its not gonna change drivers use cell phones run stop signs speed... Myself included while driving. though I'm really trying not to.
navigio September 22, 2011 at 05:45 PM
yeah, i agree. cyclists should pay extra attention. personally i ride like im invisible, but obviously not everyone does that. my concern with those signs, however, is, even though they are trying to make cyclists pay more attention, that their wording give the impression to drivers that they can feel free to turn right in front of or over a cyclist. i remember the first time i sat in the passenger seat in a car in germany and the driver kept looking over their right shoulder when turning right. it confused me at first but didnt take me very long to realize they were looking for cyclists that they might have to yield to. i have never, ever seen someone here bother to do that. putting up a sign telling cyclists to watch out wont get them to do that either.


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