UPPER LAKE, Calif. – An Upper Lake man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence after he hit and seriously injured a woman riding a bicycle.
George Carl Allen, 60, was placed under arrest after the crash, which occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on Elk Mountain Road north of Middle Creek Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Leah Emma Solon, 50, of Upper Lake sustained major injuries due to the crash, the CHP said.
The CHP reported that Allen was driving a 1986 Kenworth water tanker truck northbound on Elk Mountain Road.
Solon also was riding northbound on her bicycle on Elk Mountain Road, and as Allen passed her, his truck struck her bike, knocking her to the ground, the CHP said.
Solon, who the CHP said was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The CHP issued a reminder to motorists to share the road with bicyclists. In September a law went into effect establishing a required three-foot distance between cars and bikes in California.
The agency also reminded bicyclists to wear their helmets.
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