Update: Driver arrested, cyclist critical after crash

Emergency personnel work the scene of a collision involving a motorist and a bicyclist on Fulton Street and Bancroft Way. Photo: David Yee
Emergency personnel work the scene of a collision involving a motorist and a bicyclist on Fulton Street and Bancroft Way. Photo: David Yee

Update, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. Read Berkeleyside’s update on Meg Schwarzman, the cyclist who was struck. The Berkeley physician and mother is expected to survive, though the road to recovery looks to be long.

Update, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. BPD says there have been no updates to report as far as the cyclist’s condition.

Update, 10:15 p.m. Berkeley police have arrested the driver involved in the crash, 47-year-old Berwick Haynes of Sunnyvale, on suspicion of driving under the influence. In a statement released just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, BPD said it was continuing to investigate the injury collision. The bicyclist, a 42-year-old Berkeley woman, is in critical condition at a local hospital. At 10 p.m. police were still at the scene of the accident taking measurements, and the intersection remained closed.

Update, 6:28 p.m. Police have asked motorists to avoid Fulton and Bancroft due to the earlier crash. Southbound Fulton between Bancroft and Kittredge Street is closed.


Investigators were still at the scene of the accident around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Berkeley police investigators were still at the scene of the accident around 10 p.m. Tuesday, five hours after it occured. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, 6:19 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department has called out its Fatal Accident Investigation Team due to the nature of the cyclist’s injuries.

Lt. Dan Montgomery said the cyclist, a female of unknown age, and the driver were both southbound on Fulton when the vehicle appears to have struck the cyclist.

She was dragged for a short distance beneath the vehicle. Authorities had to raise up the car to gain access to her. The cyclist was taken to the hospital. Police have not received an update on her condition, Montgomery said.

Montgomery said the Berkeley Fire Department was on scene within 2 minutes, and that police arrived about a minute later.

Police on the scene around 6:30 p.m. Photo: Ted Friedman
Police on the scene around 6:30 p.m. Photo: Ted Friedman

Original story, 6:14 p.m. Police are on the scene near the UC Berkeley campus after a serious crash Tuesday evening involving a motorist and a cyclist.


Numerous readers reported a heavy police presence near Fulton Street and Bancroft Way, with road closures impacting traffic.

Said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, the department got multiple calls around 5 p.m. about the crash.

The cyclist was taken to a local hospital with significant injuries, she said. Traffic officers are responding to handle the investigation.

Roadways around Bancroft and Fulton are shut down and traffic is being diverted. Coats said she would provide additional information when it became available.

Berkeleyside will update this post if additional details are provided.


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