3 cyclists injured after being struck by car
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3 cyclists injured after being struck by car

Thursday, November 03, 2011By Richard Alexander
Three bicyclists were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle on a mountainous Palo Alto road last weekend according to police.

The collision which occurred in the 3900 block of Page Mill Road happened just before noon.  Two of the bicyclists suffered moderate to major injuries and the other sustained minor to moderate injuries, police said. All three were taken to Stanford Hospital.

The driver of the car was not hurt, police said.

Police released few details about the crash Monday, but Sgt. Rich Bullerjahn said the vehicle was traveling west up Page Mill Road when it struck the descending bicyclists, who were all wearing helmets. The driver has not been arrested.

The police department's Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team, or STAR, is investigating the collision. While the team has yet to release any opinions or conclusions regarding fault, Bullerjahn said he anticipated a quick resolution.

"We don't want to put the cart before the horse," he said, "but we think this is going to be a pretty easy one to figure out."

Typically in bicycle vs auto accidents it is the cyclist that receives the brunt of the injuries. Brain and spinal cord injuries are common even when bike helmets are worn.

Bike helmets, which do offer protection, are just no match for a car that is moving in many cases three to four times faster than the bike.

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