Bicyclist airlifted to Reno after being struck by utility truck
A 25-year-old bicyclist was flown to Renown with “significant injuries” he suffered after being hit by a utility truck Tuesday morning.
About 2:45 a.m., the driver of a 1-ton flatbed utility truck called 911 to reporter that he had collided with a bicyclist near Wildwood Avenue. The driver, a 29-year-old man from Visalia, Calif., works for a company which has been contracted to assist with the roadwork on U.S. Highway 50, according to South Lake Tahoe Police Department. His name was not be released due to investigative reasons. The driver reported that he had been traveling east on U.S. Highway 50 in the No. 2 lane at about 25mph and didn’t see the bicyclist, police said. When he felt an impact, he stopped and saw the damaged bicycle and the injured bicyclist lying on the south side of the highway, according to police.
The bicyclist was flown to Reno for medical treatment. Due to his condition, he was unable to provide a statement. He had reportedly not been wearing a helmet. At the time of the crash, he was wearing a gray tank top over a white T-shirt, black pants and black shoes, but was not wearing a headlamp and did not have any reflectors except for a single red reflector facing rearward under the seat, police stated. The bicyclist was reportedly struck by the right front area of the truck, but the driver did not know which direction the bicyclist was headed at the time of the crash.
No fault or primary collision factor has been determined, police said. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call SLTPD at 530-542-6100 and ask that the information be forwarded to officer Rebecca Morris, or call secret witness at 530-541-6800.
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