A cyclist sustained major injuries after being involved in a collision with a vehicle this past Tuesday morning on San Luis Bay Drive. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred April 4th around 7:20 a.m. near the Highway 101 overpass in San Luis Obispo. The identities of the driver and the cyclist have not been released.
CHP Officer Jordan Richards stated that the cyclist was traveling west on San Luis Bay Drive east of the 101 while the driver of a red 2004 Pontiac Sunfire was traveling east and attempting to turn left onto the highway. The cyclist was struck when the driver turned left; the force of the impact caused him to land on the hood of the car and cave the vehicle’s windshield prior to rolling onto the ground.
According to Richards, the driver was reportedly “blinded by the sun” which prevented him from seeing the victim. The cyclist suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken shoulder, and three broken vertebrae. He was transported to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. An investigation is still ongoing in order to determine all the factors that were involved in the collision.