It started as a scenic bike tour by a group of cyclists from the San Joaquin Valley riding up South Fork Drive and back. However, on Saturday, Feb. 14, the ride ended in a serious crash for one of the group.
A 44-year-old male cyclist, identified only as “Andrew,” reportedly went airborne over his handlebars for an unknown reason and landed on the side of the roadway adjacent to 44403 South Fork Drive.
When the injured cyclist lost consciousness, another rider in the group called 911. That call came in at 10:19 a.m.
A witness at the scene later said that there was no apparent obstacle or bump in the road that may have been the cause of the crash.
A contingent of Tulare County emergency personnel arrived at the scene and stabilized the patient. A few minutes later, an ambulance with paramedics arrived, and they placed the man on a bag board and in a neck brace for “full spinal precaution.”
The victim was transported via ambulance to the nearby Vincent ranch where they were met by a SkyLife air medical helicopter. The patient was then airlifted to the trauma unit at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Details as to the victim’s condition were not made public by Community Regional Medical Center.