Bicyclist Hurt by Suspected DUI Driver

The freeways and streets of our state are some of the best in the world. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians share the road every day, mostly without incident. When an accident happens, however, it can mean serious accidents or worse. 

La Jolla Light reports that a 56-year-old bicyclist was injured in La Jolla on Saturday when a woman driving an SUV drifted into the bike lane near UC San Diego. Police believe she was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

According to a San Diego Police Department spokesperson, the accident happened at approximately 9:00 p.m. on North Torrey Pines Road near the UC San Diego campus on Saturday, July 3, 2010.

Investigators say that the male bicyclist was in a designated bicycle lane when a 45-year-old woman driving a 2020 Lexus NX300 SUV drifted over the line and rear-ended him.

The bicyclist was knocked off his bike and suffered non-life-threatening injuries to his face.

San Diego Police officers responded to the scene. Through observing several behaviors consistent with intoxication and conducting field sobriety tests, the woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

This latest collision is the second bicyclist/motor vehicle crash in less than two weeks on the UC San Diego campus. Last month, a 34-year-old scientist who worked at the La Jolla Salk Institute for Biological Studies was struck and killed as she was heading southbound along North Torrey Pines Road.

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