Man pulls over — way over |

Man pulls over — way over

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Geoff Hayden was cautious enough to pull his 1997 Toyota Camry far enough on the side of Highway 50 to avoid oncoming cars.

But he pulled over too far.

Hayden, 35, was returning home to San Francisco when he heard odd noises coming from the roof of his car, where his $6,000 Trek road bike was mounted.

He crossed over to the eastbound lane heading up Echo Summit, right before Gunmount, and parked on soft soil at the edge of an embankment.

“All of a sudden I felt the car start to give, start to slide,” said the good-humored Hayden, a vice president at a computer networking firm.

The car slid about 30 feet down the embankment and came to rest on its side against a tree, said CHP Lt. Check Chellew.

Coffee was in the process of drying on Hayden’s clothes as he eyed his vehicle below.

“(The java) should be in my belly but now it’s on my pants,” he said.

Hayden’s bike, a yellow Trek manufactured for only one year, was unharmed. The Camry had minor damage and maintained a possibility of continuing the journey to San Francisco.

Chellew doubted the Camry could be driven after it was towed up to the road.

“It wouldn’t have been safe for him to drive,” Chellew said. “It possibly might have lost fluid.”

Hayden, glad his bike was unharmed but disappointed in his driving skills, said he biked the Flume Trail without a problem.

“I did a better job handling that than I did on the highway,” he said.

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