An accident in which a Vista Murrieta student who was bicycling to
school suffered minor injuries Thursday when he was hit by an SUV was a
reminder of traffic safety laws, a Murrieta police sergeant said Monday.
accident happened when, at about 7:05 a.m. Thursday on Whitewood Road, a
woman driving a white Lincoln Navigator was attempting to make a left
turn from the southernmost campus driveway, according to Murrieta police
Sgt. Jim Gruwell.
The bicyclist was traveling on the sidewalk heading northbound on Whitewood toward Clinton Keith Road when he was struck by the driver, the sergeant said.
bicyclist was taken to an area hospital where he was X-rayed and it was
determined that he suffered abrasions to his right ankle, Gruwell
As to whom was allegedly fault in the accident, he said investigation showed it was mutual.
law dictates that the driver should have made sure the driveway was
clear before exiting, the bicyclist should have been traveling with
traffic on the other side of the road in the bike lane, he said.
It was also determined the student was wearing headphones, which is illegal to do when operating a bicycle or car, Gruwell said.
The accident also resulted in another car being hit when the driver of the SUV attempted to back up after someone behind her tried to alert her to the bicyclist, Gruwell said.
The extent of damages to the bicycle was not immediately known. Gruwell said officers took the bike to the campus where it was locked up until the student could return to retrieve it.A concerned parent had queried Patch for more information about the accident after their children witnessed the crash scene.