An unidentified man in his 40’s is in the hospital tonight after being hit by a vehicle at Tulare and Maple streets in Southeast Fresno just after eight o’clock Thursday night.
Lt. Larry Bowlan with the Fresno Police Department describes what happened. An officer patrolling in the area saw the bicyclist riding in the middle of the east and westbound lanes. The cyclist was wearing dark clothing and the bike had no reflective gear.
The officer was making a U-turn to make contact with the person on the bike, when the cyclist was struck by a driver, and thrown to the street. The bike wound up under the vehicle.
Other officers quickly arrived on the scene and shut down the roadway. The bicyclist was taken to CRMC with undisclosed injuries.
Lt. Bowlan said it appears the bicyclist was at fault. The driver of the vehicle was not impaired, pulled over right away, and is cooperating with officers. Officers say the driver was on the way to work.
It’s the second vehicle vs. Pedestrian accident on Thanksgiving in the city of Fresno. Thursday morning at 16-year old on a skateboard crossed an intersection at First and Holland and was hit by a car. Investigators indicate that the teen was also at fault in this accident. The teen was last reported to be in critical condition.