Auto-bicyclist collision reported along Kearns Boulevard |

Auto-bicyclist collision reported along Kearns Boulevard

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

A bicyclist collided with a vehicle in early March along Kearns Boulevard, but the case was not immediately reported, the Park City Police Department said.

The bicyclist, a 31-year-old Park City resident, suffered pain in his lower back and might have bruised his back in the collision, Rick Ryan, a police captain, said.

According to Ryan, the collision occurred at 12:45 p.m. on March 7 at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Comstock Drive. Ryan said a 68-year-old Park City woman was driving a Honda Pilot across Kearns Boulevard from the Park City School District complex toward Comstock Drive.

As the woman approached the intersection, the bicyclist went through a red light while riding westbound on Kearns Boulevard, the police were told, according to Ryan. The bicyclist collided with the front fender of the driver’s side, Ryan said. The bicyclist was sent rolling over the hood and then to the ground, he said.

The driver’s husband, a passenger in the vehicle, got out to check on the bicyclist. Ryan said the bicyclist told the man he was OK. He walked a short distance from the scene and then got onto the bicycle and rode away, Ryan said.

Ryan said the bicyclist a few days later went to the Park Avenue police station reporting the collision. The bicyclist told the police the vehicle pulled in front of him and then drove away, he said. The police received information from the driver on March 25.

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Neither of the parties filed a police report at the time of the collision. Ryan said the people in the vehicle corroborated the driver’s assertions. The bicyclist did not produce a witness, Ryan said.

Ryan said the rider told police the bicycle suffered approximately $100 in damage. The driver claims the vehicle suffered $600 in damage to the fender and an unknown amount in damage to the hood, he said.

Ryan said the Police Department has classified the case as civil in nature rather than criminal.

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