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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.

Dan Abendschein 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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