Sleepy San Diego street sweeper hit, killed 44-year-old bicyclist

02/14/2011 // Greensboro, NC, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Diego, CA— A sleepy operator of a street sweeper hit and killed a 44-year-old bicyclist in a bike lane of Genesee Avenue near Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Drive. The fatal collision occurred around 5:20 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2011, as reported by Fox 5 San Diego.

According to San Diego Police officials, Suntat Peverley, of Mira Mesa was riding his bicycle in the southbound lane of Genessee Avenue, when a 77-year-old man driving a street sweeper in the same direction fell asleep and veered into the bike lane. The street sweeper hit Peverley from behind, throwing him from his bike and onto the pavement.

The collision caused Peverley to sustain major head trauma. Responding emergency crews crushed the bicyclist to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for treatment of multiple blunt force injuries, which included skull fractures and massive brain damage.

Peverely was also placed on life support in the hospital’s intensive care unit, but his injuries proved fatal and he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Officers say alcohol was not a factor. It was not reported if the street sweeper will be charged for the crash.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California automobile accident attorneys.

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