A driver fled an accident involving a bicyclist outside Jordan Middle School on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 11, and police are seeking information that would lead to the driver's identification. The incident, during which the bicyclist was injured, occurred minutes before students were released for the school day.
Police said a man in his early 50s was riding his bicycle northbound on Middlefield Road just before 2:41 p.m. when the collision occurred. A gray SUV also traveling northbound turned right onto North California Avenue in front of the bicyclist. The bicycle collided with the rear corner panel of the vehicle, Palo Alto police Sgt. Kara Apple said. The SUV and bicycle were traveling at slow speeds at the time of the crash, she added.
The bicyclist was wearing a helmet and a yellow reflective vest. The SUV driver, a man in his late 50s or early 60s, did not stop. He drove away on North California past Jordan Middle School and Stratford School, Apple said. A passerby found the victim on the sidewalk and called 9-1-1.
The victim was conscious, but he complained of pain to his leg, which was not broken, Apple said. He was examined by Palo Alto Fire Department paramedics and was transported to a hospital for observation.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413.