By Lt. John VanderKlugt, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau Commander
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at approximately 3:57 pm the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road for a report of an auto vs. bicyclist collision.
Upon arrival officers located the injured bicyclist and began to administer first aid. The male bicyclist, a 51-year-old Antioch resident, was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he was in surgery and listed in critical condition.
The adult female driver of the vehicle was un-injured, remained on scene and is cooperating fully with this investigation.
Preliminary information obtained from both the driver and witnesses suggest that the injured bicyclist was riding his bicycle along the center median of Hillcrest Avenue into opposing traffic. As he approached to within approximately 200 feet of the intersection with East Tregallas Road he abruptly veered across the three lanes of traffic and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.
Based on obtained statements and evidence at the scene, it appears as if the driver of the vehicle was obeying all traffic laws at the time of the collision. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in this collision as it relates to the driver of the vehicle. The level of impairment on the part of the bicyclist is unknown at this time.
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