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Two More Cyclists Injured in March

So far this month, three cyclists and two pedestrians have been injured in accidents involving vehicles. Interested in traffic safety? Click the "Keep me posted" button below this story.

Earlier this month, we reported in our weekly that officers had . We requested additional information from police, and both turned out to involve cyclists. Sgt. Tom Dolter responded to our request with the following information.

BROKEN COLLARBONE

On March 7, a 65-year-old man went into the to report that he had broken his collarbone in a collision earlier in the day.

He told police he was cycling south on San Pablo Avenue near Washington Avenue when a gray Pontiac Grand Am, or similar vehicle, crowded him into the righthand lane, causing him to collide with both the Pontiac and a parked flatbed truck. 

The man spoke with both drivers but didn't exchange information with them. 

His boss drove him to the emergency room, and it was determined that his collarbone was broken.

COMPLAINT OF PAIN

On March 10, a 28-year-old Richmond man was riding north on Jackson Street, north of Buchanan Street, near a 41-year-old Albany driver in a Volkswagen Jetta heading the same direction.

At about 2:20 p.m., the two sideswiped each other, causing the cyclist to fall on his left side.

The front tire of the bike was warped and the cyclist complained of pain to the left leg and hand, but did not request medical attention. 

Dolter said there were no independent witnesses and both claimed the other person was at fault.

SEVERAL OTHER INJURY ACCIDENTS REPORTED THIS MONTH

Earlier this month, a cyclist and driver collided on Solano Avenue; the cyclist was with a complaint of pain to his arm. Police said it appeared he was at fault because he was passing the driver on the right.

On March 1, a driver turning left onto San Pablo at Brighton . One reported minor injuries and the other none. Neither were taken to the hospital. The driver was determined to be at fault for the collision and cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

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If there's something in this article you think , or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.

JW March 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The drivers in the San Pablo crash are required to report the crash to police since someone was injured. They are also required to show their id to the other persons in the accident. http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl16.htm "You must show your driver license, vehicle registration card, evidence of financial responsibility, and current address to the other driver or persons involved. Report the collision in writing to the police or CHP without delay if anyone is killed or injured."
Amy Smolens March 23, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Please please please, check for bikes before you turn, veer or park! Even if you signal you still need to look before you make your move. A cyclist could be to the right of your car and you may crowd him/her into a curb or another car, or hit him/her. CVC 22107 states in part that 'No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.' Here's a simple tool to remind you to check twice at http://checkforbikes.org/ . Thanks.

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