American professional Andy Jacques-Maynes was struck by a car in a hit-and-run collision on Sunday near Santa Cruz, California.
Jacques-Maynes told VeloNews that he was one mile from home at the end of a pre-race ride near the Surf City cyclocross finale venue when a black Chevrolet Impala struck him from behind.
“I fell heavily on my shoulder and could tell something was wrong straight away,” the Kenda-5-hour Energy rider told VeloNews in an email. “It was a black Chevrolet Impala driving away, I never saw more than that, no plate or driver. I also never saw brake lights, either, they never even considered stopping to see if I was ok.”
Jacques-Maynes was later diagnosed with a fractured scapula and a possible fractured collarbone. He said he would see specialists on Monday to determine the full extent of his injuries.
“Right now I’m sitting at home hurting,” he said on Sunday night. “There’s nothing I can do to make it better, so I’m just trying to rest quiet as best as I can. Once I know more I can make a plan for recovery, which will help a lot.
“I’m really pissed, not so much that I’m hurt, though. I know I can get better; this isn’t the worst crash I’ve had. I’m mad because it was just a careless moment from a driver, and it could have been so much worse. I fear for all my fellow riders out there when there are drivers that just can’t be bothered to watch out for another human being on the road. I hope that drivers like the one I encountered today can realize that what would barely be a fender-bender for cars can be a potentially fatal accident for a bike. I just got lucky today that I wasn’t hurt worse.”
Individuals with information related to the incident are urged to contact the California Highway Patrol at 831-796-2100 regarding NCIC number 9730.