SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Around 6am this morning, Nevada Highway Patrol says 60-year-old Sparks resident John Guthrie was riding his bicycle eastbound on Glendale Avenue when 26-year-old Sparks resident Raul Garcia-Luna hit him while driving nortbound on E. McCarran Boulevard in his GMC Yukon.A witness told NHP that the cyclist had attempted to ride through the intersection after the traffic signal turned red.
Guthrie sustained moderate injuries after being struck by the SUV and was taken by ground ambulance to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno while Garcia-Luna did not sustain any injuries.
Two northbound lanes were temporarily closed immediately following the crash for emergency vehicles and for troopers to complete their on-scene portion of the crash investigation. The entire intersection was cleared about 6:50 am and Guthrie was subsequently cited at the hospital for running a red traffic light and for not having lights on his bicycle.
As a reminder, cyclists need to obey all of the rules of the road which apply to motor vehicles. Here are a few traffic safety tip reminders from NHP for cyclists especially given the fact daylight hours are diminishing as we transition from the fall to winter months:
•Never ride against traffic and always pay attention to your surroundings
•When making a right or left turn at a controlled intersection, cyclists must come to a complete stop for a stop sign or red signal light
•Pay extra attention to motorists entering from an adjacent street or driveway as they may not see cyclists
•Scan the road behind you and constantly monitor vehicular traffic
•Use hand signals to let motorists know your intentions when turning, slowing, or transitioning lanes
•Make eye contact with drivers
•Always use lights at night and be certain your bike has reflectors
•Always wear a helmet for safety
•Choose the best way to turn left – There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.