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Livermore Councilman Carling recovering after being hit by car while cycling downtown

Carling has 'badly bruised hip', OK otherwise; attended council meeting next day

Livermore City Councilman Bob Carling was hurt after being knocked off his bicycle by a car while riding on the edge of downtown on Sunday morning.

Carling told the Weekly he is recovering after sustaining "a badly bruised left hip" in the collision that occurred around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of South Livermore Avenue and Fourth Street.

The effects of the crash did not prevent the first-term councilman from participating in the City Council's public meeting on Monday night -- one that was held via video-conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated Alameda County health shelter order.

The Livermore Police Department is still investigating the collision to determine fault and potential citation, according to Sgt. Steve Goard.

Carling said he was riding his bicycle northbound on South Livermore Avenue when the collision occurred. "As I was nearing 4th Street, intending to continue straight ahead, a vehicle approached from behind on my left and then turned to the right onto 4th Street across the path I was headed," he said.

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"I couldn’t stop in time and was hit near the back rear wheel on the passenger side. The driver told me that he didn’t see me," Carling said.

The councilman said he was essentially knocked off his bike and landed on his left hip and shoulder. Paramedics examined him at the scene, but he declined an ambulance transport to the hospital and got a ride home from his wife. Carling went to the hospital the next day for an examination.

"Just a badly bruised left hip. Shoulder is fine," he said.

Livermore police responded to the scene, but the outcome of their investigation is still pending. The identity of the driver has not been revealed publicly.

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Livermore Councilman Carling recovering after being hit by car while cycling downtown

Carling has 'badly bruised hip', OK otherwise; attended council meeting next day

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, May 13, 2020, 11:49 am
Updated: Thu, May 14, 2020, 8:53 am

Livermore City Councilman Bob Carling was hurt after being knocked off his bicycle by a car while riding on the edge of downtown on Sunday morning.

Carling told the Weekly he is recovering after sustaining "a badly bruised left hip" in the collision that occurred around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of South Livermore Avenue and Fourth Street.

The effects of the crash did not prevent the first-term councilman from participating in the City Council's public meeting on Monday night -- one that was held via video-conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated Alameda County health shelter order.

The Livermore Police Department is still investigating the collision to determine fault and potential citation, according to Sgt. Steve Goard.

Carling said he was riding his bicycle northbound on South Livermore Avenue when the collision occurred. "As I was nearing 4th Street, intending to continue straight ahead, a vehicle approached from behind on my left and then turned to the right onto 4th Street across the path I was headed," he said.

"I couldn’t stop in time and was hit near the back rear wheel on the passenger side. The driver told me that he didn’t see me," Carling said.

The councilman said he was essentially knocked off his bike and landed on his left hip and shoulder. Paramedics examined him at the scene, but he declined an ambulance transport to the hospital and got a ride home from his wife. Carling went to the hospital the next day for an examination.

"Just a badly bruised left hip. Shoulder is fine," he said.

Livermore police responded to the scene, but the outcome of their investigation is still pending. The identity of the driver has not been revealed publicly.

Comments

Kathy Montgomery
Livermore
on May 13, 2020 at 5:16 pm
Kathy Montgomery, Livermore
on May 13, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Very good news that Mr. Carling is recovering, and not more seriously hurt from the collision.


Wow
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 6:02 am
Wow, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 6:02 am

appearently he was trying to pass a car on the right that was turning right. The car had to be ahead of him slowed to turn and the bike rider just kept on riding. Bike rider at fault.
See this all the time. Dangerous bike riders. Like the guys who ride through intersection crosswalks the same way.
Anyways the bikers always lose when ot involves a car.
If you follow the rules of the road this would not happen. Bike lanes dont mean the car ahead ofyou must wait for you to pass before they turn right.
(portion removed). Guess yiu didnt catch that or maybe you just aint as smart as you think you are. Your welcone (portion removed) lol.


Dennis Salisbury
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 6:57 am
Dennis Salisbury, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2020 at 6:57 am

Bicycles are the number one emergency room trauma historically, I like bikes, you just have to know your risks and pay attention.


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