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Cal Poly associate professor hit by truck while cycling to work

Photographer Brian Lawler, left, an associate professor at Cal Poly, talks to Ken Bennett during a recent photo shoot in San Luis Obispo.
Photographer Brian Lawler, left, an associate professor at Cal Poly, talks to Ken Bennett during a recent photo shoot in San Luis Obispo.

A well-known Cal Poly associate professor of graphic communication was injured Monday morning in a bicycle accident on his way to work.

Brian Lawler, who has taught at the university for 15 years, suffered a fractured pelvis and various scrapes and bruises after being struck by a pickup around 8 a.m. in the intersection of California Boulevard and Taft Street.

Lawler said he was bicycling north across the busy intersection when a southbound truck turned left on Taft. The driver struck Lawler’s saddlebags, damaging beyond repair the cameras and other equipment inside, which Lawler uses in class.

Lawler said the driver stayed with him until emergency services arrived and took him to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was to be discharged Wednesday.

Lawler said he was up on crutches but was not sure when he will return to work. He was told it will take six to eight weeks to be fully active again.

“I’m busted up, but I’m OK,” he said.

Lawler said he hopes the city will look into making the intersection safer for bicyclists.

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