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Collision on University Avenue sends cyclist and driver to hospital on Sunday

A collision in Berkeley on University Avenue on Sunday sent a cyclist and a driver to hospital, July 31, 2022. Credit: Émilie Keas

A cyclist and a driver were taken to area hospitals on Sunday afternoon after a collision on University Avenue in Berkeley, authorities report.

Limited details were available due to the preliminary stage of the investigation, but police said the driver of a silver Mercedes-Benz GL 450 SUV collided with a cyclist who was part of a ride in group bike through Berkeley.

(Berkeleyside is trying to find out more about the ride’s participants.)

According to BPD, the SUV, which was driven by a 69-year-old man from Pinole, flipped onto its side during the collision. The driver was briefly trapped inside the vehicle but was able to extricate himself, according to Emergency Traffic Reviewed by Berkeleyside.

The BPD said the injured cyclist was a 27-year-old man from the city of Suisun.

One of the injured men was taken to Highland Hospital, the regional trauma center, and the other was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. It was not immediately clear which man had been taken where.

The men’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

The collision took place just after 1 p.m. Sunday on eastbound University Avenue, just east of Grant Street, police said.

The driver of the SUV collided with the cyclist and three parked vehicles, police said. All parties remained at the scene and cooperated.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of University Avenue were closed for a while on Sunday, but are now reopened.

Police said they have not yet determined what could have caused the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

BPD said he does not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.