A man riding a bicycle along Highway 189 in Crestline the other evening became a victim of a disabling traffic accident. As the 32-year old man was peddling away on a road without a shoulder, a pickup truck came up behind him honking his horn and flashing his lights. The bicyclist had no place to pull over and sped up; the truck stayed on his tail.
The bicyclist came to a curve and tried to slow down, but his brakes locked up and he was thrown off the bike. The accident caused him to break his collar bone in two places. In addition, he received a gash above his eye, which required nine stitches. The bike was damaged. The trucker did not stop. Moments later a motorist stopped and offered the man his cell phone.
Crest Forest Fire paramedics and deputies from the Sheriff's department were on the scene. The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. It was determined that he might need surgery to repair his clavicle. According to California Highway Patrol, the truck driver's actions did not constitute a chargeable crime. I hope the bicyclist contacts an experienced Personal Injury attorney who will discuss his options with him and hopefully get him some compensation for his medical expenses and loss of wages.