An Ocean Beach cyclist had a close encounter of the bizarre kind with seven- time San Diego mayoral candidate Loch David Crane Monday.
Crane is a bit of a fixture in the area; Those who don't know him from his political ambitions, likely recognize the three-wheeled motorcycle he calls "Star Trike".
Unlike Star Trek, the episode Monday night did not have a Hollywood ending.
“The guy just shot straight across the intersection at me,” Crane said.
Crane said the accident was the cyclist’s fault. The former mayoral candidate was driving his homemade and self-styled tri-bike southbound on Sunset Cliff's Boulevard.
Crane turned left onto Point Loma Ave when the northbound cyclist collided with the stainless steel Starship Enterprise replica mounted over the front wheel.
The cyclist went airborne for about eight feet. He was taken to a hospital, but the injuries were not considered serious. Crane was not injured and said his "Star Trike" is perfectly safe.
“The windshield is all clear. The headlights light up the road well in front of me. He had no lights and he came through right opposite me,” Crane said.
The accident happened around dusk, and the intersection at Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs was blocked for over an hour while San Diego police investigated.
Crane was released after a vehicle inspection. The "Star Trike" captain was not issued a citation.