Sidewalk cyclist hit by car in Watsonville

But it’s not what you might think.

According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a man driving a utility truck north on Blackburn Avenue last Monday failed to stop for the stop sign at East Lake Avenue / Highway 152. He apparently blew through it, because he hit a van passing through the intersection with enough force to knock the van onto the sidewalk on the north side of East Lake, where it landed on top of a 32-year-old man riding a bike on the sidewalk.

The utility truck then continued and was driven into a building on the 300 block of East Lake Avenue.

The cyclist was flown to a trauma center. The utility truck driver suffered minor injuries. The van driver refused treatment.

If this was Morgan Hill, police would have automatically assigned fault to the cyclist since he’s the won who broke the law by riding on the sidewalk. Watsonville police say they’re investigating and ask anybody who witnessed this “accident” to call investigations at 831-768-3352 or leave an anonymous tip on the tipline at 831-728-3544.

In other news, a 12 year old boy was the victime of a hit-and-run driver near Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville on Sunday night. The boy and his friends were in a crosswalk when the driver of a small, white pickup truck — possibly a Ford Ranger or similar — struck and injured the boy.


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