A 25-year-old woman was airlifted to an area hospital after being struck by a vehicle while cycling shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, whose identity has not been released, sustained a head injury and sizable abrasion on her skull, said Officer Shad Canestrino of the Lodi Police Department.
“She had a 2- to 3-inch in diameter abrasion on the bone, and she was airlifted to Kaiser South Sacramento as a precaution,” he said. “Even though she was conscious, head injuries can become more serious if left unchecked.”
The victim was operating a mountain bike that was being led by a white male on a motorized bicycle through the intersection of South Lee Avenue and West Vine Street when the collision took place, Canestrino said.
The two went into the intersection and the female was struck by a man driving a Saturn Vue heading east on West Vine Street, police said.
The driver of the Saturn was going the speed limit and is not believed to be at fault for the accident, Canestrino said.
The male who was towing the female cyclist ditched his bike at the scene and left before emergency crews arrived, police said. He was described by witnesses as a 5-foot, 8-inch white male between the ages of 20 and 25.
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