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Hit-and-Run leaves bicyclist in critical condition

Posted on Nov 08, 2009

Anaheim police are still looking for a driver involved in a hit-and-run bicycle accident involving a bicyclist on November 2. The bicyclist, a 54-year old Anaheim man, was riding west on Broadway between Atchison and Kroeger streets. When he rode around a parked car, a vehicle headed west hit the driver and kept going. The bicyclist was left lying in the street. 

Paramedics treated the man at the scene and transported him to anearby hospital. He is being treated for head and internal injuries.

The vehicle may have been a dark-colored van or SUV. It is likely that the passenger-side of the vehicle sustained damage, and that the passenger-side mirror was broken. Anaheim police ask that anyone with information call them.

This accident follows the recent conviction of Dr. Christopher Thomas who was found guilty of two counts of assault for deliberately pulling in front of two bicyclists and slamming on his brakes. Both bicyclists sustained serious injuries.

Both incidents highlight the dangers that face bicyclists. California vehicle law gives bicyclists the same privileges and responsibilities as cars when using the road. More and more Californians are using bicycles for commuting, exercise, and general travel. Car drivers must respect this right and behave accordingly.  

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