Bicyclist seriously injured after utility truck hits him

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Updated: 8/06/2013 6:09 pm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & -- At about 2:45am today, the driver of a one ton flatbed utility truck called 911, saying that he had just been involved in a collision with a bicyclist in the area of Wildwood Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe Police say the 29-year-old driver from Visalia, CA said he had been traveling east on U.S. Highway 50 in the #2 lane at about 25mph and never saw the bicyclist. He says he immediately stopped his vehicle when he felt an impact. He then saw the damaged bicycle and the injured bicyclist lying on the south side of the highway. His name is not being released due to investigative purposes.  

The bicyclist, 25-year-old Donovan Boling, sustained significant injuries in the collision and was air lifted to Reno for medical treatment. Police say it appears the cyclist had not been wearing a helmet. He wore a gray tank top over a white t-shirt, black pants and black shoes. The bicycle had no headlamp and no reflectors anywhere except for a single red reflector facing rearward under the seat.  

The investigation of this collision is still in progress. No fault or primary collision factor has yet been determined. If anyone witnessed this event or has information which may assist in this investigation, you are encouraged to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100 and request to forward this information to Officer Rebecca Morris, or to Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.

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buacl - 8/6/2013 6:52 PM
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what is a flatbread truck? That is two misspellings this week from the King of Critical Grammar. omg

Yuppers21 - 8/6/2013 4:00 PM
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Of course the truck was doing 25 mph for one its a construction zone (slow for the cone zone) for two the utility truck was doing traffic control on the highway so therefore it's more than likely he was doing 25 ( I also do traffic control) and to my understanding there is a "bike path" like no more than 20 feet from the road?

Kramer - 8/6/2013 12:56 PM
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this is a tragic story, so I'll be brief. nobody does 25 on 50 unless it's clogged with traffic. at 2:30 am it's 40 degrees, and the bicyclist is wearing shorts and a t-shirt. a flatbread truck probably projects wide of the wheeltrack; lotsa people here-abouts consider the bike lane their 'comfort zone'. only if yer under 12 are U required to wear a helmet in CA OUCH

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