Old San Jose Road: Passing cyclist on blind turn = crash

This set of dispatches came in via the California Highway Patrol on Wednesday morning for a traffic collision on Old San Jose Road in Santa Cruz County, California.

Old San Jose Road near Laurel Glen

  • Mar 12 2014 10:41AM VOLKSWAGEN SEDAN AND UNKNOWN 2ND VEHICLE
  • Mar 12 2014 11:03AM PER CALLER TO NETCOM / MULTI VEHICLE TRAFFIC COLLISION INCLUDING INJURED BICYCLIST
  • Mar 12 2014 11:11AM SUBJECT UP AND WALKING AROUND, APPEARS 1182 (property damage only), WILL ADVISE
  • Mar 12 2014 11:12AM 2 VEHICLES 1182 (property damage), BICYCLIST NOT INVOLVED – JUST A WITNESS
  • Mar 12 2014 11:13AM NON CONTACT 20002 (i.e. “non-contact misdemeanor hit-and-run”; the driver who caused the wreck left the scene), VEHICLE WAS PASSING BICYCLIST ON WRONG SIDE OF ROAD , OTHER VEHICLES REAR ENDED EACH OTHER

There’s a little confusion at first about an injured cyclist, but it seems like the cyclist witnessed the crash. The image above shows Old San Jose Road in the vicinity of the reported crash. I’ll guess the driver who ran passed the cyclist through a blind turn. An oncoming car slammed on the brakes, and the following vehicle rear-ended.

I know this road and this kind of stupidity of people who can’t wait to pass until it’s safe happens all the time. Too bad about the damaged cars, but I’m glad the cyclist is okay.

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One comment

  • March 13, 2014 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    Just goes to show that it isn’t just cyclists who get left in the dust of a hit and run. I hope they catch the person responsible.

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