A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.
Oakdale Police reported that an SUV and bicyclist collided on Yosemite Avenue at East E Street Friday night, May 8 resulting in the bicyclist, a 29-year-old Oakdale woman, being medi-flighted to Memorial Hospital in Modesto.
That portion of Yosemite Avenue serves as Highway 120 for travelers and is just a block north of the main Yosemite Avenue-F Street intersection in the center of town.
Sergeant Brian Shimmel stated Oakdale Police were notified of the accident at 8:47 p.m. and emergency crews responded to the scene. The extent of the bicyclist’s injuries was not available at press time, but the unnamed woman was taken to Oak Valley Hospital initially, then taken by air ambulance to the Modesto hospital with apparent serious injuries.
Shimmel said the preliminary investigation by officers revealed the bicyclist failed to yield the right of way to southbound traffic on Yosemite Avenue.
The driver of the SUV, a 19-year-old from Oakdale, was not injured.