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Sheriff's Office: SUV driver 'at fault' in Portola Valley collision with cyclists

 

The driver of an SUV involved in an Aug. 5 collision with a group of bicyclists near Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road has been found "at fault" in the accident, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Six cyclists were injured, including three who were taken to the hospital – and since released, Detective Salvador Zuno said in Sept. 6 email. Medics on the scene reported that one cyclist was seriously enough injured to require immediate transportation by ambulance.

County investigators found no criminal intent on the part of the driver, a Portola Valley man in his 70s who was driving a 1989 silver Toyota Land Cruiser, Mr. Zuno said.

"The incident has been documented and closed," he said. Since the driver is not being charged, his name will not be made public, Mr. Zuno said.

The Saturday morning collision, reported to dispatchers at about 10:43 a.m., involved an SUV headed north on Portola Road and cyclists headed south, Battalion Chief Steve Slaughter of the Woodside Fire Protection District told the Almanac at the time.

The SUV had been turning left in the vicinity of the northern entrance to the Town Center. "It was kind of a head-on collision," Mr. Slaughter said, adding that the SUV had minor damage. The driver, "an older gentleman," was alone in the vehicle, he said.

"There were a lot of cyclists there," he added.

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