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Cyclist Pulls Over To Rest, Gets Hit By Car

BASS LAKE — Courteous drivers often use the wide spot at the top of Road 426 to pull over and let faster vehicles pass. That didn’t turn out too well today for a cyclist from Fresno.

A 59-year-old male cyclist had just reached the top of the grade at the llama ranch near the 25-mile per hour curve and parked his bike in the turnout to rest for a moment.

Meanwhile, an 87-year-old woman from North Fork, driving a 2005 Toyota Rav 4, was northbound on Road 426 with plans to use the turnout to let traffic go around her.

However, she did not see the cyclist standing near his bike in the turnout and struck him with the right front of her vehicle, sending him into the right side of the windshield, shattering the glass.

Sierra Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the cyclist, along with his bike, to Clovis Community Hospital with what CHP described as minor lacerations and road rash.

The driver of the Rav 4 was uninjured but shaken by the incident. The roadway remained open as the injured man was evaluated and prepared for transport. The accident remains under investigation.


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