Two injured in Sunday bike accidents |

Two injured in Sunday bike accidents

William Ferchland

At least two serious accidents sent two female bicyclists via CALSTAR to Washoe Medical Center in Reno for treatment to head injuries.

The names of the two riders were not available. Bob Griffith, chief flight nurse for CALSTAR, said one female had to have surgery after the Sunday accidents during American’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.

Race coordinator Curtis Fong said both women were riders with Team in Training, one from Texas and the other Los Angeles. The woman injured the most suffered a head injury, broken collarbone and two broken ribs. Fong said both were stable after treatment.

The woman with the worst injuries crashed at Rubicon Bay two miles south of Meeks Bay on Highway 89 at 7:54 a.m., a Meeks Bay Fire Protection District official said. The other rider went down 15 minutes later around the same area.

Leona Allen, communications supervisor with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, said calls were received regarding people needing medical assistance for such things as heat exhaustion and altitude sickness after the race.

Helmets are required for the race. Cautions and warnings were given about the course prior to the race, Fong said.

Details of the cause of the accidents varied from potholes to a mechanical malfunction. There were no eyewitness, Fong said.

Riders were held up at Emerald Bay as rescue crews arrived. Since there was a road closure for the sanctioned event the California Highway Patrol likely did not take a report.

In other news:

— The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information on a report of five South Lake Tahoe juveniles, ages 12 and 13, having a gun pointed at them in the rear parking lot of Harvey’s Resort and Casino, Sgt. Tom Mezzetta said.

The incident happened June 3 around 10:20 p.m. The five youths said they were approached by three black males in a red Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows, Mezzetta stated. The rear passenger in the Jeep flashed the gun.

“The passenger pointed the weapon at the juveniles out the side window and made a derogatory remark,” Mezzetta stated in a press release. “The vehicle then left in an unknown direction.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (775) 782-9911 or Secret Witness at (775) 782-7463.

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