Cyclist seriously hurt in east Santa Rosa crash

A male bicyclist crossing Highway 12 at Boas Drive in east Santa Rosa was struck by a car and seriously injured Wednesday, snarling eastbound traffic through the area for several hours during the evening commute, authorities said.

Police Sgt. Chad Heiser said the cyclist was pedaling southbound across four lanes of traffic without a crosswalk or a signal when he was struck by an eastbound motorist who didn’t see him until it was too late to stop.

The driver, Oleksandr Kachan, a Citrus Heights resident, remained at the scene of the 5:09 p.m. crash and cooperated with the investigation, Heiser said. Kachan, 50, did not appear to be impaired in any way, police said.

The cyclist’s name was not available Wednesday night, Heiser said.

Emergency medical personnel who responded to the scene about 1,000 feet west of Calistoga Road treated the cyclist and then had him transported to a local hospital. Police said hospital personnel later said the man’s injuries, though major, did not appear immediately life threatening.

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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