Two bicyclists suffered main accidents after they had been hit by a suspected drunken driver Wednesday north of Sebastopol.
Ulises Valdez, 27, of Sebastopol, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving below the affect, CHP Public Data Officer David deRutte mentioned in a information launch.
The 2 bicyclists, one a 12-year-old boy and the opposite a 50-year-old man, had been unrelated and using northbound individually on the best shoulder of Excessive College Street south of Gaye Street about 6 p.m.
The suspect, driving a Ram Insurgent pickup, approached the bicyclists from behind on Excessive College Street, driving at a excessive pace, and misplaced management on a left curve within the highway, deRutte mentioned. Valdez drove onto the shoulder and collided with the 12-year-old bicyclist, continued uncontrolled again into the site visitors lane, then again onto the best shoulder, the place the truck struck the opposite bicyclist, he mentioned.
The pickup then drove off the highway and collided with a utility pole and a tree. Valdez and the bicyclists had been taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with main accidents; the boy later went to UCSF Benioff Youngsters’s Hospital Oakland.
“The accidents weren’t life-threatening,” deRutte mentioned. “Main, however not life-threatening. The kid was hit first, then 50 ft or extra forward was the grownup bicyclist. It most likely occurred very quick.”
Each bicyclists had been sporting helmets, he added.
The CHP is searching for witnesses to the collision or the occasions main as much as it, and requested anybody with data to name their workplace at 707-588-1400.
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