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UPDATE: Bicyclist Struck in Hit and Run on Foothill

The bicyclist was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

A bicyclist was struck by a car in a hit and run on Foothill Boulevard that resulted in the arrest of the driver, police said Monday.

The driver, who police would not identify because he had not yet been booked, struck the bicyclist near the intersection of Violet Avenue and Foothill, according to Sgt. Michael Head.

"The bicyclist was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries," Head said.

CBS2 News reported that the driver turned himself in about an hour after the crash. City News Service identified the man as Jason Travers, 34, of Monrovia. He was booked on suspicion felony hit and run; his bail was set at $50,000, CNS reported.

Police received the call at 5:42 p.m. Head did not know where the driver was arrested following the collision and did not provide specifics on the circumstances of the incident.

Justin Chapman, a friend of the victim and a Patch contributor, identified the bicyclist as Paul Tetu. He said Tetu was struck from behind and doesn't remember the accident.

"He's OK, no broken bones or anything, but he's pretty banged up. He hit his head and doesn't remember anything," Chapman wrote in an email. "He got hit from behind and the vehicle took off."

Barbara Stevenson January 10, 2012 at 03:43 AM
At least they caught the driver, unlike the accident my girlfriend suffered a few months ago coming down from Monrovia Canyon. To date, no one has been held accountable for that hit and run in which she sustained life threatening injuries.
JEPSPT January 10, 2012 at 04:09 AM
So sorry to hear about your friend. I hope she's okay now. CBS news reported that a 16 year old turned him/herself in at MP station shortly after the incident and I'm very happy to know that the bicyclist was not fatally injured.
Sarah Farmer Earll January 10, 2012 at 04:15 AM
drivers - pay attention, share the road. cyclists - wear a helmet, if you're riding at night wear a light and reflective clothing.
Lara L. Larramendi January 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Good suggestions. Let's help drivers see us and let's help ourselves with safety precautions.
R. Ray Morford January 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks MPD for the quick response and follow-up. Law Enforcement can not be every place all the time. The watchful eyes and ears of the community help make our City a safe place to live, work and play.
Jennie Campbell January 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
That's so bizzare. My partner and I were walking on Foothill near Violet last night right before that happened. I always worry about the bicyclists and walkers/joggers in our neighborhood, since our streets are so poorly lit. Be safe everybody.
Chris Ziegler January 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I drove past the scene while the bicycle was still in the roadway; it looked to me that the bicyclist may have been struck from the rear while traveling west bound. Does anyone know if this is what took place? If so, this may be a case of flagrant negligence (assuming the bicyclist didn't swerve unpredictably in to traffic). Struck from behind collisions are somewhere in the ballpark of 1% to 3% of car bike collisions and usually involve sleeping, drunk, elderly or a motorist blinded by the sun. Foothill has a speed limit of 35 MPH and the rate of closure between the car and bicycle was likely quite low (probably no more than 15 to 30 fps) a responsible motorist should have had ample time to detect and respond to the presence of a bicyclist. I hope Patch will obtain a copy of the incident report so that we as a community can learn from this tragic event and respond in an intelligent and informed manner.
Paul Tetu January 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Though I cannot remember the collision along with a lot else in recent memory, I do believe I was traveling west on Foothill and making a left onto Violet. I live in the apartments on the corner there. I didn't recognize Violet as the street I live off of until today. It's been a very difficult time. From the most sincere place in my heart, thank you so much to the men and women who worked to save me. We owe a lot to the people not-so-behind-the-scenes and too often we ramble on without acknowledging the incredible effort they give to make our world a safer, better place and often while cracking jokes about them. My deepest thanks to them, my friends and, most of all, my family for supporting me as I recover. I promise I will not take this second chance lightly.
Sam Kurutz January 12, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Hey Paul, I wish you a speedy recovery. I was hit/run back in '90 while riding in a bike lane and, like you, very fortunate to survive. I live on Violet and saw the later aftermath of your accident and is scared the crap out of me. Good luck with your recovery and more importantly your mental recovery. Don't give up riding bikes. Sam

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