A bicyclist participating in a charity ride was struck and injured by a motorist in San Diego, according to recent reports. The motorist now faces criminal charges and has been sentenced to trial.
A witness claims that Douglas Lane, 51, of Ramona, was allegedly attempting to pass two cars on the right side of State Route 67 near Poway Road. He was reportedly cutting the two cars off as the lane ended, Lane’s truck struck and seriously injured bicyclist Ambika Sundarsan. The accident occurred about 9:45 a.m.
According to the witness, the truck’s passenger mirror struck Sundarsan in the back of the head, cracking her helmet. Sundarsan was taken to the hospital and suffered a fractured vertebrae, fractured clavicle, broken leg, and a concussion. As a result of her injuries, Sundarsan spent 10 days in a trauma center, followed by two months at home, recovering in a hospital bed.
Lane did not remain at the scene of the accident, but was stopped by police several miles away.
Following an investigation, a warrant was issued for Lane’s arrest. Lane was ordered by a judge to stand trial on a felony charge of reckless driving causing great bodily harm, and faces up to three years in state prison if convicted. The judge who issues the ruling stated that the defendant showed a “wanton disregard for safety” when he decided to pass cars on the right illegally and should not have been passing in an unsafe manner.
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