While riding my bicycle on Thursday, Dec. 8 at approximately 4:05 p.m., I was hit by a truck at the intersection of Discovery Bay Boulevard and Sandpoint/Willow Lake roads.
I was obeying the rules of the road, had stopped my bike at the stop sign, waited for my turn as if I were in a car, then got rammed because the young man in a truck coming from Willow Lake Road was either texting or simply not paying attention to the fact that I was in the crosswalk.
He was not looking straight ahead, but rather down and to his left. Once he realized he had hit me, he slowed down a bit. When he saw me standing up and looking down the boulevard at him (along with a motorist that had stopped and had gotten out of his car to see if I was OK), he put the pedal to the metal and sped off.
Luckily my bike and I were unscathed (except for the bruises I sustained on my legs and rear from dancing out of my bicycle as it flipped and flopped to the ground). I flagged down a passing Sheriff, who took chase, but it was too late at that point to catch the truck. Many thanks to Deputy Londono of the Sheriff’s Department for coming to my house to take a report (he had another Sheriff with him, but his name escapes me – many thanks to him, too).
I am saddened that this individual did not stop. I am furious that he may have been texting. I am incredulous that despite the fact that there were about six cars at the stop sign at the time, only one young man got out of his vehicle. I guess people were too cozy in their nice, warm vehicles than to have to get out and see if they could help.
I was unable to get the license plate number of the truck, so he will probably never receive the citation he so deserves. In this day and age of cell phones with cameras, I am disappointed I did not have one with me, and that no one so much as rolled down their window to take a photo of the fleeing vehicle so that I could at least get a good description of it for the Sheriff.
If anyone reading this happened to witness this event, I would appreciate it if you call the Sheriff’s Department (report #11-21341). Perhaps you got a good look at the truck. I was just a bit stunned at the time and was unable to 100 percent determine the color, make and model.
Teri Sandholdt,Discovery Bay