Police: Albany cyclist in critical condition with head injury after striking truck

The police perimeter at Cedar and Eighth streets, a block away from Wednesday’s crash scene. Photo: Sue Tomasello

Update, May 2: Police say the cyclist remains in critical condition but is stable as of Thursday.

Update, May 1, 11:45 a.m. Berkeley police say the cyclist, who has a head injury, is listed in critical condition at the hospital.

Police have just reported that the roadway at Ninth and Cedar is now open. Berkeleyside will continue to update this story.

Update, 10:46 a.m. Berkeley police said Wednesday morning’s crash at Cedar and Ninth involved a 30-year-old driver from Berkeley in a pick-up truck and a 58-year-old Albany man on a bicycle.


Officer Byron White, BPD spokesman, said — according to the preliminary investigation — the driver of the truck was eastbound on Cedar when a southbound cyclist struck him at Ninth. The cyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, White said. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

“Because of the severity of the collision, the Department’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to handle the investigation,” White said. The intersection and surrounding streets remain closed, as noted in the original story below.

Original story, 8:27 a.m. A cyclist was taken to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries in northwest Berkeley on Wednesday morning during a collision involving a vehicle, authorities report.

Police are advising motorists to avoid the area of Cedar and Ninth streets because the intersection is closed.

Officer Byron White, Berkeley police spokesman, said the crash took place at about 7:15 a.m. The cyclist has been taken to the hospital, he said.

Cedar Street is closed between Eighth and Tenth streets and Ninth Street is closed between Jones and Virginia streets, police report: “If travelling through the area, you should plan an alternative route.”

White said no other details about the crash or involved parties were immediately available.


The Berkeley Police Department’s Fatal Accident Investigation Team is en route to the crash scene, White said. The team responds to serious injury crashes as well as fatal ones.