■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed
A cyclist was hit by a car and critically injured in the early hours of Sept. 17 off of Florida Avenue in Hemet.
At about 6:40 a.m. on Monday, Hemet Police officers were called to the scene of an injury traffic collision involving a bicycle and a sport utility vehicle which occurred on Florida Avenue near Palm Avenue. The investigation revealed that the bicyclist, a 65 year-old male resident of Hemet, was riding his bicycle eastbound on Florida Avenue near the south curb. A 20 year-old female resident was also traveling east on Florida Avenue in the number two lane in a Nissan SUV.
A preliminary investigation shows that as the woman driving the SUV was about to pass the cyclist, he may have suddenly turned left and entered the middle of the traffic lane where he was then struck by the vehicle. When first responders arrived, the bicyclist was immediately transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance for treatment. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at the time of this report. The driver of the SUV was uninjured, and had remained on scene where she cooperated with officers. At this time, DUI is not suspected.
Florida Avenue was closed to east bound traffic at Palm Avenue for approximately two hours while officers investigated the incident.
The names of those involved have not been released at this time pending further investigation.