Bicyclist flown to Reno after being hit by truck
June 18, 2012
– Editor’s note: This story was updated from a previous version at 5:15 p.m. –
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A bicyclist was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno Monday afternoon after being pinned underneath a truck following a crash at Tamarack Avenue and Blackwood Road.
Police received a report of the bicyclist, a 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman, being struck about 11:45 a.m. The woman was later identified as Anna Molina.
The woman was riding west on Tamarack Avenue and crossing Blackwood Road with her step sister when she was struck by a grey Chevrolet Silverado that was northbound on Blackwood Road, according to witness accounts and a statement from the city.
The truck was driven by a 17-year-old girl who did not have a driver’s license, according to the statement. She was traveling about 20 mph, according to the statement.
The truck stopped against rocks in front of a house on the west side of Blackwood Road just north of the intersection. Stopping against the rocks kept some of the weight off of Molina, according to the statement. The truck collided with and bent a bike lane sign during the crash. A road bike with badly bent wheels was several feet behind the truck.
The extent of Molina’s injuries is unknown. She was conscious and breathing when she was taken from the scene, said Lt. Brian Williams.
Police were questioning the driver of the truck at site of the crash. She will be cited for misdemeanor driving without a license, according to the statement. Drugs or alcohol does not appear to be a factor, said Police Chief Brian Uhler.
Molina was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.
Blackwood Road does not have stop or yield signs at the intersection, but has two yellow caution signs warning motorists of a crosswalk.