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Bicyclist suffers major injuries in collision with SUV in SLO

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 21:32:19-04

A bicyclist suffered major injuries after being clipped by an SUV over the weekend in San Luis Obispo.

The California Highway Patrol says it happened at around 8 a.m. Saturday on northbound Highway 227 near the entrance to Tolosa Winery.

Officers say the side mirror of a Cadillac Escalade driven by a 29-year-old man from Santa Maria clipped the bicyclist, knocking him to the ground after the vehicle went onto the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist, 47, from San Luis Obispo, was wearing a helmet but suffered a fractured clavicle, broken ribs, collapsed lung and other injuries, according to CHP. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Officers say while DUI was ruled out, the CHP will be recommending the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office file charges against the driver, which include making an unsafe turning movement and not leaving three feet of space between the vehicle and bicyclist.