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Mitchell Rd, Adrien Way Crash Hospitalizes Bicyclist, 59, in Ceres

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Ceres, CA – A 59-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition following a serious collision with a vehicle on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2024, in Ceres. The accident occurred around 3 PM on Mitchell Road, according to KCRA.

Police reports indicate that the bicyclist was attempting to cross Mitchell Road, just north of Hatch Road, at Adrien Way, traversing over the center median, when he was struck by a northbound Chevy Suburban. Upon arrival, first responders found the bicyclist with major injuries and promptly provided medical assistance before transporting him to a local hospital.

The driver of the Chevy Suburban remained at the scene and is cooperating fully with the investigation. Authorities have stated that alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the incident.

Duty of Care Toward Cyclists

Cyclists are owed a “duty of care” from drivers no matter where they meet. This legal responsibility stems from the fact that cyclists travel with less protection alongside heavier and faster cars, trucks, and SUVs. Motorists are legally obligated to monitor the roads ahead, and all mirrors and blind spots, for any rider who may be nearby. Drivers must hit the brakes to avoid any chance of a collision.

Drivers must also stop once a collision has occurred to get medical attention for a cyclist or pedestrian as fast as possible. Remaining on the scene, turning on hazard lights, and blocking off traffic also reduce the chances of the victim being struck by approaching motorists who may not be able to see an injured cyclist down in the street.

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