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News - June 19, 2013

Cyclist injured in collision

A 58-year-old Palo Alto bicyclist was thrown 8 to 10 feet in the air and was injured in a collision with a vehicle on Alpine Road near Interstate 280 on Sunday morning, June 9, according to the California Highway Patrol and the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Guido Arnout, who was wearing a helmet, was heading east on Alpine Road at about 11:50 a.m., about one-tenth of a mile west of Interstate 280, when he turned left into the traffic lane near the crosswalk at the entrance to Webb Ranch, and was struck by an eastbound vehicle, a late model Honda Accord, said Office Art Montiel of the CHP.

The driver was Menlo Park resident Erika Bailey, who is in her early 70s, Mr. Montiel said. "It does not appear that the vehicle was speeding," he said. A witness to the accident agreed with that statement, Woodside fire district Battalion Chief Kevin Butler told the Almanac. Several cyclists and pedestrians had gathered at the scene, Mr. Montiel said.

Mr. Arnout was found lying in the center of the road and was "barely conscious" as medics tended to him, Mr. Butler said. By the time he arrived at Stanford Hospital, Mr. Arnout had recovered to the point that he was able to communicate with medical personnel, Mr. Butler said, adding that he did not have further information on his medical condition.

The CHP closed Alpine Road for about an hour in both directions, Mr. Montiel said.

Ms. Bailey's vehicle sustained damage to the right side of the windshield, the passenger side mirror, and the right front of the vehicle. The bike could not be ridden, but was not heavily damaged, Mr. Butler said.

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