Woman on bicycle critically injured in Richmond hit-and-run

By Roman Gokhman
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 01/05/2010 08:53:40 PM PST
Updated: 01/05/2010 10:26:28 PM PST

RICHMOND — A bicyclist was seriously injured after a presumed hit-and-run this evening, Richmond police said.

The collision occurred sometime before 7:45 p.m. on San Pablo Avenue between Robert Miller and Hilltop drives, Contra Costa Fire District dispatchers said.

The 52-year-old female bicyclist was traveling north in the southbound shoulder on San Pablo Avenue when she was likely clipped by the side-view mirror of a passing car, police Lt. Mike Gormley said.

Pieces of a mirror were found at the collision site. However, the victim told officers she was not sure whether she was struck by a vehicle, Gormley said.

That stretch of road has no nearby homes or businesses and is not lit at night, he said.

A helicopter landed at Hilltop Mall and took the bicyclist to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.