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Cyclist's accident: Puzzled by police reporting

Original post made by Renee Batti, news editor of The Almanac, on Jan 23, 2007

The following letter by Mike Laine was published in the Almanac's Jan. 24 print edition:

Editor:
I read the Jan.17 article about MaryAnn Levenson, the cyclist who was hit by a motorist on Sand Hill Road Dec. 23.
Two things in the article stunned me. First, can it be that the police report made no mention of the collision and the injury done to Ms. Levenson? And second, did Sgt. Prickett really say that the speed limit on Sand Hill Road, east of Interstate 280, is 45 mph?
It isn't so. East of 280, the posted speed limit on Sand Hill is either 40 or 35 mph. The speed limit was lowered from 45 to 40 mph after a cyclist was killed on Sand Hill across from the Stanford Linear Accelerator a couple of years ago.
Please do a follow-up article on this incident, perhaps with an interview with Sgt. Prickett so he can explain what is going on.
Mike Laine
Menlo Park

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