ST. GEORGE — A bicyclist escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon but was cited by police officers after he crossed in front of a car that was exiting a parking lot and was bumped by the car.
St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said the driver of the car was exiting the parking lot of Honolulu Grill, located at 706 E. 700 South in St. George, at about 1:15 p.m.
The driver of the car stopped and then pulled forward, partially blocking the sidewalk. A bicyclist traveling west on the sidewalk swerved out in front of the car. The bicyclist did not make eye contact with the driver, Bangerter said, and it was at that moment the driver decided to go.
Bangerter said the car hit the bicycle, resulting in minor damage to the bicycle and the car. No injuries were reported.
St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding was also on scene.
“Bicyclists should go with the traffic in the street,” Harding said, “unless they’re little kids, and then they can ride on the sidewalk. But there is a city ordinance against riding on the sidewalk.”
“There is a state law that says that bicyclists should be on the extreme right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic, not against traffic,” Harding added, “because then you avoid crashes like this, with people pulling out looking to their left to see if there is a car coming so they can pull out and turn right.”
The bicyclist was cited for failure to yield.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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