Fiat seriously injures bicyclist near Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO — A bicyclist was seriously injured Tuesday night after he was hit by a car near Balboa Park.

The 38-year-old man was riding his bicycle southbound on Pershing Drive when he made a left turn onto Redwood Street. A 31-year-old woman driving a Fiat was heading north on Pershing hit the cyclist at 9:43 p.m. in the intersection, according to San Diego police.

The man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening head injuries, according to San Diego Fire Department.

The crash was being investigated by the police traffic division.

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  • Seriously?

    The Fiat hit the rider? Really? Like when a gun jumps up and shoots someone all by itself, or when a spoon shoves more food into fattys mouth without assistance? Nice headline morons

    • LocalGuy

      Please can you explain what you’re saying. Is it that you think the wording is unfairly putting blame on the motorist?

      • Oh jeez

        Typically you would write a “motorist” hits a cyclist. Not a brand-name car hits a cyclist.

        Honda kills cyclist? Do you get it yet. Our education system is so awesome. :-(

    • billdsd

      There is no traffic light or stop sign at this intersection. That means that left turning traffic is required by CVC 21801 to yield to oncoming traffic rather than turn across their path. The article says that the bicyclist was traveling south on Pershing and made a left to get onto Redwood when he was struck. Assuming that the information in the article is correct, then in all probability this collision was the fault of the bicyclist.

      The bicyclist would have been going downhill and with no brakes, that can make it very difficult to stop. It’s generally not a great idea to ride brakeless in traffic but especially not on hills.

      • billdsd

        I just looked at this intersection again and if the driver was turning right in the right turn only lane from Pershing onto Redwood then the driver had a yield sign. The story doesn’t say which lane the driver was in but if the woman was making a right onto Redwood then it would have been her fault. I see a lot of drivers who disregard yield signs.

  • Idiot Liberals

    We really need to know what brand of bicycle the injured guy was riding.

    That’s really, really important. The brand…

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