A bicyclist was taken to the hospital after a car crashed into him, sending him flying through the air, at the intersection of Middlefield Road and Seale Avenue in Palo Alto Monday afternoon, March 5.
The victim, an adult male, was riding his bicycle west on Seale Avenue and was crossing Middlefield shortly before 4 p.m. when a northbound Scion sedan hit him, police said. Ben Linder, who lives near the crash site, said the car sent the bicyclist flying about 20 feet in the air. He landed about 15 feet away from the collision.
"He went flying through the air," Linder said.
Palo Alto police and firefighters responded to the crash site and closed a portion of Middlefield to traffic near the Seale intersection. The victim was conscious and responding to questions. He was placed on a gurney and taken into an ambulance. His bicycle lay on the sidewalk.
The driver of the white Scion, an adult female, did not appear hurt. The vehicle's windshield was shattered.
Police said the bicyclist may have misjudged the amount of time it would take him to cross Middlefield, a busy north-to-south artery. Seale Avenue has a stop sign at the intersection while Middlefield does not.