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Two Bicyclists Hurt in Collision with Car in Napa County

According to CHP, both bicyclists were hospitalized, one with serious injuries, after the crash in the noon hour near Ehlers Lane north of St. Helena. By Bay City News Service

Two bicyclists were injured early this afternoon when they were hit by a car on state Highway 29 in Napa County, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.

The car, identified as a tan Pontiac, struck two of four bicyclists riding in a group around 12:40 p.m. near Ehlers Lane, north of Saint Helena, Sgt. Greg Xepoleas said.

One bicyclist suffered only minor injuries but the other was seriously injured, Xepoleas said. Both taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Cal Fire also responded to the incident.

By Bay City News Service.

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In August, a St. Helena man lost his life in a collision with a car while cycling:

  • Victim Identified after Fatal Bike-Car Collision Upvalley
  • CHP: Cyclist Had Right of Way in Fatal Upvalley Crash
  • Crash Victim's Memorial Fund to Benefit Napa Valley Vine Trail

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Jillian Risko October 08, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Where as this is sad, i have personally seen too many bicyclists not follow the rules of the road they should, they never look and just go. I see them run red lights, cross in front of other vehicles.
Brain freeze October 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
They always assume I'm paying attention, but really I'm too busy texting.
Karen Frost October 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Of course, those examples you've seen give all bicyclists a bad image. Just because I see an ignorant driver doesn't mean I think all drivers are stupid. What an insensitive comment to make. I wish cars would be more aware of their surroundings. Prayers are with their families.
Dale Martin October 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
@ Jillian You have no information to say that the cyclists were at fault in this instance. I could rant on and on about how I see drivers on Napa County roads break laws that put cyclists at risk on a daily basis. Let's wait to learn the details of how this accident happened and try to learn how we can avoid another one in a similar situation.
wiseone October 09, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Jillian Risko, Wow. that's bit harsh.You must not be keeping up with the news. The city of Napa and Napa county have experienced a rash of bicycle/vehicle collisions lately, at least one of which resulted in a fatality. Alfredo Pedroza,56, the victim of this accident, was an experienced cyclist who was killed when a driver drifted out of the lane on Silverado Trail. Most of these accidents in fact have been the driver's fault,not the fault of the cyclist. A young man who was a pedestrian was also killed near the Queen of the Valley Hospital this past year in an unsolved pedestrian/vehicular accident. I'm sure his family is still in deep pain over this loss, as is the Pedroza family over the loss of their loved one. Napa and Napa county are becoming extremely dangerous for both pedestrians and cyclists. Speed and texting/talking on the cell phone while driving are the primary reasons for this. My point? Slow down and don't text or do anything else while driving other than drive. if you need to do anything else, pull over in a safe area. No event,no appointment,no conversation,no post or text- nor any other reason for driving dangerously- is as important as a human life.
Helene Abdu October 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
This is and has been an ongoing issue for a long time. We all need to stop pointing fingers and do everything we can to keep our highways safe for everyone. We will always have accidents but if we all do our part maybe we could prevent one. I wouldn't want to live with the pain of loosing someone I love, or living with guilt because my carelessness took some one elses loved one away from them. My thoughts to the cyclist hurt today.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 09, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Oh look, another no-name heckler.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 09, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Hear Hear! Agreed.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 09, 2012 at 02:44 AM
W.I. Seone, you're far too intelligent to go nameless. At least make one up if you desire to remain anonymous.

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