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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.

Mary Callahan

Environment and Climate Change, The Press Democrat

I am in awe of the breathtaking nature here in Sonoma County and am so grateful to live in this spectacular region we call home. I am amazed, too, by the expertise in our community and by the commitment to protecting the land, its waterways, its wildlife and its residents. My goal is to improve understanding of the issues, to find hope and to help all of us navigate the future of our environment. 

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