A female student riding her bicycle to St. Helena High School escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after she was knocked from her bike by a hit-and-run driver pulling a U-turn on Highway 29, according to a media bulletin from the City of St. Helena Police Department.
The collision at around 7:30 a.m. was caused by a vehicle described as of an unknown type, possibly a gray Toyota, and an older model.
Police said the male driver, described as having dark hair and a black sweater, did a U-turn over both lanes of Highway 29 in front of the high school and struck the tire of the student's bicycle before continuing south on the highway.
The student suffered a scraped knee but declined medical attention and accepted a ride home, police said.
This was the second time in less than 24 hours that a car has struck one or more bicyclists on Highway 29 Upvalley.
Monday afternoon, two elderly Sonoma women were hospitalized after they were hit by a car driven by an elderly Napa man who entered the bike lane as they were cycling south on the highway north of St. Helena.
- Two Bicyclists Hurt in Collision with Car in Napa County
- Update: Two Elderly Women Injured in Upvalley Car-Bike Crash
Please see the accompanying PDF for the complete St. Helena Police Department day shift bulletin for Oct. 9, 2012.