Subscribe

CHP: Trucker who hit cyclist on Highway 116 didn't see him

A Ukiah man was reported to be in stable condition after he was struck by a big rig while cycling on Highway 116 approaching Cotati on Wednesday night, according to the CHP.

Channing Christy, 24, was riding eastbound in the outside lane about a quarter-mile west of Stony Point Road when a Safeway truck driven by David Zarate of Stockton came up behind him and hit him, CHP Officer David deRutte said Thursday.

Zarate, 55, told authorities he simply hadn’t seen Christy, though the cyclist’s bike was equipped with a flashing red tail light that was activated at the time of the 7:55 p.m. collision, deRutte said.

“The truck driver just didn’t see him, and I’m not sure why,” deRutte said. “He did have a light on. It (the bike) is actually in our bay right now. It’s still flashing.”

There are no indications the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol, deRutte said, and the damage to the bicycle suggests Zarate may have slowed before striking it.

Christy also was wearing a helmet and was reported to be stable in the hospital, “which is kind of miraculous,” deRutte said.

You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 707-521-5249 or mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @MaryCallahanB.

UPDATED: Please read and follow our commenting policy:

  • This is a family newspaper, please use a kind and respectful tone.
  • No profanity, hate speech or personal attacks. No off-topic remarks.
  • No disinformation about current events.
  • We will remove any comments — or commenters — that do not follow this commenting policy.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine