Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Friday, October 6, 2006
Contact Sergeant Duane Beckman
Phone (951) 353-7999

Major Injury Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs Bicyclist

Riverside, Ca- On October 6, 2006, at 5:10pm, a man was riding a bicycle west on California Avenue at Lido when he suddenly turned into the #2 lane of traffic and was struck by a 2002 Chevy LS pickup truck. The driver of the truck applied his brakes, but was unable to avoid striking the man on the bicycle.

According to evidence and witness statements, the bicyclist was hit and fell onto the hood and then onto the pavement when the truck stopped a short distance later.

Witnesses called 911 and Riverside Fire and Police arrived within minutes. Fire personnel performed CPR on the injured bicyclist at the scene and Paramedics took the man to Parkview hospital where he was treated by the Emergency Room staff. He was later transferred to Riverside Community Hospital in critical condition with major head trauma.

The 31 year-old driver of the Chevy truck, a Riverside resident, was shaken up, but uninjured.

The bicyclist is unidentified at this time. He is described as a Hispanic male, dark complexion, approximately 30 years of age, 5’08” 180 with black hair and brown eyes. The bicycle he was riding is chrome and black with red front forks and appears to be a rather small, multiple speed mountain-type bicycle.

Members of the Riverside Police Department’s (M.A.I.T.) Major Accident Investigation Team responded to investigate the collision. Anyone who may have further information is asked to contact Detective Rick Prince at 353-7990.