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Teen Bicyclist Suffers Major Injuries in Collision on Crespi Drive in Pacifica

Police say the bike rider failed to stop for a stop sign and was struck by a car.

A 19-year-old boy is in critical condition at an area hospital after getting hit by a car on Crespi Drive in Pacifica Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:05 p.m. the Pacifica Police Department and North County Fire Authority were dispatched to the intersection of Crespi Drive and Escalero Avenue on a report of a car and bike collision.

Upon arrival, officers located the bicyclist, a Concord resident, suffering from serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation into this collision indicates the bicyclist failed to stop for a stop sign and was struck by the vehicle, which had the right of way, according to Pacifica Police.

The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital and was listed in critical condition. Investigation into this collision is continuing by the Pacifica Police Department.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with officers.

Edward sawacki October 01, 2013 at 03:07 PM
This is the problem with bicyclists they have this sense of entitlement to the roads and do not obey any of the traffic laws. The car driver can sue the bicyclist for damages. I have seen to many bicyclists running stop signs or turning in front of traffic.
Russ Witte October 01, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Bicyclists ARE entitled to use the roads. Just as cars are ... please folks be very careful. People tend to drive far too fast on Crespi for a residential street. Let's not make this about bicyclists vs cars ...but rather about looking out for one another! We can all be more observant on the road.
Tony October 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I live at right at Crespi and Escalero and saw the crash as well as the aftermath. The kid was hurt bad but I am sorry this was all on him. He came flying down Escalero on a BMX trick bike with NO BRAKES not wearing a helmet and ran the stop sign barreling onto Crespi. The poor lady in the van had no chance whatsoever to anything and he hit her not the other way around. Bicyclist think Escalero and Crespi is a race track for their amusement, especially teenagers. Skateboards, bikes doesn't matter they act like the cars aren't even there. I told one of the officers yesterday that I'm surprised the aren't scooping up a body every week. Anyone who lives around here would agree.
jen October 01, 2013 at 07:00 PM
The day before this happened, at the same intersection and about the same time, an older teenager or early twenty year old crossed right in front of my car as I was driving up Crespi. I don't know if it was the same kid because no picture is shown, but had I been 5 seconds earlier I would have hit him. He came down Escalero and never stopped, going right though the intersection. I was so angry I ended up telling my husband about it, really because it wasn't a young kid. I would have felt horrible if I had hit him, but I would not have had a chance to stop. I felt he saw me coming and judged he could make it. He did, but just barely.
Tony October 01, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Bicyclist are enlightened to use the road but they are also REQUIRED to follow the same laws as cars which hardly any do. I ride and I ride safely but I am tired of cyclists doing whatever they want and then blaming drivers when one of them gets hit.
Tera Killip October 02, 2013 at 10:24 AM
i completely agree with Tony's comments! i'm so tired of bicyclists feeling a sense of entitlement and forgetting that they are REQUIRED to follow the same laws as cars while on the road. I do not ride but these bicyclists who completely disregard the rules of the road give those who do ride responsibly a bad rap. i'm sick and tired of it.
Claudia Reinhart October 02, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Despite his foolish behavior, let us all wish him well.
Senor Gigante October 03, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I'm surprised there are not MORE bicyclists hurt or injured because of their failure to obey the rules of the road. I see it all the time here in town. I don't know what happens to a person's brain when they get on a bicycle or even a motorcycle. How many idiots do we see on motorcycles with total disregard for speed limits and stop signs?
Bren October 13, 2013 at 04:41 AM
I'm stunned by the behavior of bicyclists in town. I see them riding the wrong way, on the wrong side of the street, on Linda Mar Blvd, and I see them riding on sidewalks. And no, they don't generally stop for stop signs or red lights. How the heck does a bicyclist get it into their head that it's OK to ride down the street on the wrong side of the street, into oncoming traffic? That's just crazy.
willy in pacifica October 20, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Don't blame all cyclist for what this cyclist did. I cycle and Althou I have seen motorist, motorcyclist and pedestrians do dumb and illegal things I do not blame all motorist, motorcyclist or pedestrians for what others have done in the past. I as a cyclist have no connection to any other cyclist and how they behave. If you are a motorist I will not transfer any blame on you for what other motorists illegally do if you do the same for other cyclist who are not doing anything wrong.
Russ Witte October 22, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Clearly this cyclist was foolish. I do believe there are foolish cyclists, as there are inconsiderate drivers. I found the following link to be very interesting. The best quote, in my opinion was: "The cyclist who rides in traffic will either slow the cars, which is Sin, or, if the cars don't choose to slow down, will be crushed, which is Death, and the Wages of Sin is Death." http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/10/21/cyclists-drivers-and-the-rules-of-the-road

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