Police received a 911 call about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday from the driver of a 1-ton flatbed utility truck who said he had just been involved in a collision with a bicyclist in the area of Wildwood Avenue. The 29-year-old driver, a Visalia resident, works for a company that has been contracted to assist with the ongoing roadwork on Highway 50, a Police Department news release states.
The driver reported that he was traveling east about 25 mph in the No. 2 lane and did not see the bicyclist. He told police that he immediately stopped when he felt the impact. He then saw the damaged bicycle and the injured bicyclist lying on the south side of the highway, in the area of the newly rededicated children's memorial tree east of Wildwood Avenue.
The bicyclist, identified by police as Donovan Boling, 25, suffered significant injuries and was airlifted to Reno for medical treatment. Because of his condition, Boling was unable to provide any statement, police said.
The cyclist did not appear to have been wearing a helmet, police said. They said he was wearing a gray tank top over a white T-shirt, black pants and black shoes. The bicycle did not have a headlamp, and had a single red reflector under the seat facing toward the rear of the bike.
Police said evidence indicated the bicyclist was struck by the right front of the utility truck. The truck driver did not know which direction the bicycle was traveling before the collision.
For investigative reasons, police said they were not releasing the truck driver's name.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has information that might assist in the investigation, is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 and ask to forward the information to Officer Rebecca Morris, or to Sacret Witness at (530) 541-6800.