Truckee man in critical condition after bike crash
Staff reportsA Truckee bicyclist was seriously injured when he collided with a vehicle in Tahoe Donner on Wednesday.Eyewitnesses said Ruben Torres, approximately 25 years old, was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries and a compound fracture to his leg after the collision with a Jeep Cherokee.The accident occurred on the corner of Northwoods Boulevard and Bull Pine Trail just before 10 a.m.Truckee Fire Department paramedics transported Torres by ambulance to the Sierra Mountain Middle School field, where a Care Flight helicopter landed and transported him to Washoe Medical Center. Police say he is in critical condition.According to eyewitnesses, Torres was riding down Northwoods Boulevard in the bike lane facing oncoming traffic at approximately 35 mph.The driver of the Jeep halted at the stop sign on Bull Pine, began a right turn up Northwoods, saw the cyclist and stopped the vehicle, said Truckee police Sgt. Dan Johnston.Torres tried to stop but couldn’t and collided with the right front corner of the Jeep, throwing the cyclist from his bike, according to police reports.Had Torres been wearing a helmet, Johnston said, he may not have been injured so severely.Johnston said the incident was the third injury bike accident in the past two weeks in Truckee. Two of the accidents occurred on Northwoods.In all three incidents, the cyclist was at fault, he said.”People need to be extremely careful with their speed on a bicycle because they can’t stop as quickly as a car,” Johnston said. “People need to be careful when mixing bikes and vehicles because a car is always going to win.”
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