An alleged road rage dispute between two drivers near Poway resulted in severe injuries to a passing bicyclist who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to deputies.
The cyclist, a 38-year-old woman, was participating in the Pedal the Cause charity event when the accident happened, according to officials. Her name hasn't been released.
At around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, deputies from the San Diego Sheriff’s Poway Station responded to a crash on State Route 67 just north of Poway Road.
When officials arrived, they learned that two vehicles were involved in a dispute over the right of way seconds before the crash, right as SR-67 merged from two lanes into one lane.
As the two cars merged – a Volvo S 60 and Dodge Ram 3500 – both vehicles refused to yield to one another and the passenger side of the Volvo collided with the driver side of the Dodge Ram.
After the two cars crashed, deputies say the Dodge veered to the right into a marked bicycle lane and struck a bicyclist who was riding northbound.
The bicyclist was severely injured and transported to Palomar Medical Center. She remains in the hospital with severe, but non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.
Deputies haven't released the names of the two drivers in the crash, but say they are both 50-year-old men.
Deputies say the road rage collision is under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact traffic Deputy A. Meleen at (858) 513-2820 or the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.