Cyclist injured in collision with car after driver is ‘blinded by the sun’

A bicyclist suffered major injuries Tuesday morning in a collision with a vehicle on San Luis Bay Drive.

The crash happened about 7:20 a.m. near the Highway 101 overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The cyclist was traveling west on San Luis Bay Drive east of Highway 101, CHP Officer Jordan Richards said. A driver in a red 2004 Pontiac Sunfire was traveling east and trying to turn left onto northbound Highway 101.

As the driver made the turn, he was “blinded by the sun” and could not see the cyclist, whom he hit. The cyclist landed on the hood of the car, caved in the car’s windshield and rolled to the ground, Richards said.

The cyclist suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken shoulder and three broken vertebrae and was treated at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Richards said.

Note: An earlier version of this story said the cyclist only suffered minor injuries.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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