A 51-year-old woman hiker walking in the area of the Del Amigo Trail in the Las Trampas Regional Preserve was struck by a mountain biker and was eventually hospitalized with significant injuries Wednesday.
The unidentified hiker suffered facial cuts and injuries to the shoulder and chest in the collision. San Ramon Valley firefighters had to hike in to the preserve to reach the victim, bringing her out to a trailhead where a waiting ambulance took her to San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman Carolyn Jones called the encounter “an unfortunate accident.”
“We have an officer who works the area who told me he hasn’t seen an accident of this type in 20 plus years,” Jones said. “The cyclist was under the 15 mph speed limit… he just couldn’t avoid hitting the hiker.”
Jones said the accident occurred while the biker was descending and rounded a bend, encountering a group of three women and unable to avoid hitting one of them. The cyclist was thrown from his bike by the force of the collision, according to Jones.
She called the unidentified hiker “extremely apologetic” and upset about the incident, asking park staff for the woman’s name “so he could send her flowers.”
Jones said the Del Amigo trail is popular with local cyclists and hikers alike and that a peaceful coexistence appears in place.
“This is an isolated thing and we here at the district wish this hiker a speedy recovery,” she said.