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Cyclist Injured in Collision With Vehicle

Cyclist received broken bones in early-morning crash.

A bicyclist received a broken arm and possibly some fractured ribs when the victim collided with a vehicle, police said.

The accident happened on Foothill Blvd. at North Alta Vista Avenue at 9:49 a.m. The cyclist was traveling along Foothill and allegedly broadsided the vehicle, which was traveling northbound on Alta Vista into the intersection, said Lt. Zeke Cereceres. The vehicle may have failed to yield, but those details were not immediately known.

The injured cyclist was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital. The cyclist complained of some chest injuries, which could be the result of broken ribs, but Lt. Cereceres was not sure of what further injuries there were beyond the broken arm.

Mike Opdahl June 18, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Jim Thorpe, a**hole. The driver was cited for failure to yield & took a left hand turn across two lanes of traffic causing the accident. The cyclist has a fractured shoulder & multiple broken ribs & internal injuries. Of course Jim Thorpe, humanitarian-at-large, thinks this is the cyclist's fault. As I said, A**HOLE.
greg June 18, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Mike, I saw his shoulder bleeding and has someone go to 7/11 for ice, it was swollen and cut, I assumed broken, the police told me he had some broken ribs when they come here later. Were you riding as well?
Dennis Wong June 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM
To Mr. Thorpe and anyone who thinks like him. As the Lt. said the car failed to yield traveling northbound on Alta Vista into the Foothill intersection. There is a stop sign for the Vehicle at Alta Vista going northbound therefore the cyclist had the right of way. I was there from the beginning to the end and the officer clearly stated the driver of the vehicle was at fault. You can verify this in the upcoming police report. What I want to share with you is that the cyclist is a dear friend who is a great father and a good husband in his early 50’s. He is a responsible citizen and a successful businessman who always reaches out to people in need of help and loved by many. If you know him he would be one of your dear friends as well. This is an unfortunate situation for all involved. There was no bad intent but simply an accident and we shouldn’t make anymore of that. Your comment is cynical and hurtful because you are deliberately wishing bad for another fellow human being.
Stuart Baur June 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Tami - I also witnessed your husband's accident, and in fact am the person who called it in to 911 (though fortunately the police arrived almost immediately). I was following probably 50 feet behind him, and while I didn't see the car approach I had a very clear view of the actual collision. I'm so sorry to hear that he's in the ICU. I've been thinking about him all weekend and hoping that he's OK. If you have any need for additional witnesses to provide statements, you can reach me through Mike Opdahl. I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
Chris Ziegler June 20, 2012 at 05:17 AM
As it turns out, the injured bicyclist is a fellow Southern California Velo team member and friend of mine. To answer a few of the above questions: The bicyclists was riding lawfully, safely and prominently in the traffic lane moving in same direction with motor vehicle traffic and wearing all recomended safety gear. The bicyclist broke no laws. The motorist is likely 100% at fault and in a very poor legal position; daylight, good weather, sun was well above the horizon, not a whole lot of excuses for the mistake. Lord almighty, I hope they have good insurance! In short, my experience in riding with Mike (the bicyclist), is that he is clearly one of the good guys. In addition to the injures noted above, It is my understanding that Mike also suffered a collapsed lung. As a side note: helmets are intended to mitigate the energy of a simple fall to the ground, a mere 14 miles per hour. T-boning a car is outside of the scope of helmet protection. There was some luck involved. Mike: Were pulling for you!

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