Cyclist clings to life after colliding with truck

A collision between a bicyclist and a pickup truck near a maze of ramps close to U.S. Highway 101 and Cesar Chavez left a cyclist in intensive care with severe head injuries.

A Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling toward Potrero Avenue about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday when it collided with a 57-year-old man who was bicycling westbound across Bayshore Boulevard, according to police Sgt. Wilfred Williams. The man suffered life-threatening injuries, including head trauma, and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

The driver of the truck, a San Francisco resident, stayed at the scene until police arrived and was not cited in the collision, Williams said.

The collision occurred in a maze of roadways under Highway 101 that some, such as Andy Thornley of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, refer to as the “hairball” for the oftentimes complicated lane changes and looping ramps that lead in several directions. The Bicycle Coalition, an advocacy group, has been for years lobbying to make the freeway transition safer, Thornley said.

Wednesday’s near-fatal crash occurred on the same day of a memorial ride for another bicyclist, 35-year-old bike messenger Kirk Janes. Janes died in a collision with a pickup truck at Fulton and Steiner streets May 21. Police are still investigating the cause of the collision.

Janes’ supporters rode through The City on Wednesday night escorting a “ghost bike,” a bicycle painted white to memorialize his death.

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