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Vehicle Hits Bicyclist on Santa Margarita Parkway

Incident at Alma Aldea causes severe injuries.

Traffic was blocked on Santa Margarita Parkway at Alma Aldea on Aug. 27, 2013, for an accident involving a vehicle and a bicyclist. Photo/Barbie Cherrison
Traffic was blocked on Santa Margarita Parkway at Alma Aldea on Aug. 27, 2013, for an accident involving a vehicle and a bicyclist. Photo/Barbie Cherrison
By Martin Henderson

A bicyclist suffered severe injuries Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle on Santa Margarita Parkway. 

The incident occurred about 3:40 p.m., and closed traffic at Alma Aldea; eastbound lanes were still closed as of 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the Orange County Sheriff Department's major accident investigation team. 

Drivers are advised to avoid the intersection.

According to Lt. Andy Ferguson, the preliminary report indicated a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Santa Margarita Parkway and the cyclist was going westbound. The vehicle struck the cyclist in the eastbound lanes near the center divider.

The injured rider was taken by ambulance to Mission Hospital with "severe" injuries, according to Ferguson.

Ferguson didn't know when traffic would resume normally because the investigation could take "a significant amount of time."
Cheri Miller August 27, 2013 at 09:29 PM
What about Saturday am at Alicia & Santa Margarita Pkwy? What happened there? never saw any reports but it was blocked at 5:50am at San Sebastian (South-east) You could not turn onto Alicia from SMPkwy heading North-west.
Terry August 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I constantly see bicyclist weaving in and out of traffic. I am by no means saying that this particular bicyclist was doing that but what I am saying is....To all you people who ride bikes in traffic you cannot only depend on drivers to "watch" you. You definitely need to understand that a lot of your safety depends on you! Don't assume a driver is watching out for you! I certainly pray that this bicyclist will pull through!!
Morgan August 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Honestly, I agree with Terry. There are sk many bicyclists who think they are above the rules if the road for both cars and pedestrians. There are rules that need to be followed to avoid accidents just like this. I hope this person fully recovers, and I hope it teaches others to be more aware
Morgan August 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Honestly, I agree with Terry. There are sk many bicyclists who think they are above the rules if the road for both cars and pedestrians. There are rules that need to be followed to avoid accidents just like this. I hope this person fully recovers, and I hope it teaches others to be more aware
Susan Hazuka August 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Anyone know who was hit?
DM August 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Along with telling drivers to share the road with bicyclists,bicyclists should be told to follow the rules of the road. They are unpredictable as they go through stop signs, lights , ride in the opposite side of the road, etc.
Wendy Montebello August 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM
It's worse in Irvine. One time I was swarmed by 20 bikes. I called the police and nothing could be done. I moved out here to get away from the bikes. I don't believe RSM Pkwy is a smart choice to Bike. It's to dangerous. It's more of a highway then a street.

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