A bicyclist struck a black Nissan Altima at the corner of Brand Boulevard and California Avenue Friday morning, shutting down traffic in both directions for about a half-hour.
A pre-lunch crowd gathered on the nearby sidewalks as public safety officials provided aid to the man. Police officials said the Javier Jaramillo, 37, suffered a lacerated lip, missing tooth and bruised left eye. He also complained of pain in his neck and left knee. He was transported to the trauma unit at Los Angeles County-USC.
A witness said the bicyclist was heading north on Brand, cutting through cars. The cyclist was hit, said Garven Arzoomanian, when he jumped into the left-turn lane and broadsided the Altima.
“The driver never had a chance to see this guy,” he said.
That driver, Orlando Gallegos, said he was shaken up by the ordeal. Gallegos, who works at UCLA Medical Center, thought he had been hit by a car.
“I never realized it was a bicycle,” he said.
Police determined Jaramillo, who was not wearing a helmet, was at fault for the accident.
-- Dan Evans, Times Community News