Two cyclists struck on High School Road

Press release, California Highway Patrol, Santa Rosa, May 13, 2021

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Two bicyclists were struck by the same driver on High School Road on Wednesday, May 12. The driver, who was found to be under the influence, then crashed his car into a utility pole and a tree.

On Wednesday, May 12,  at approximately 6:01pm, Santa Rosa CHP officers responded to a major injury crash on High School Road south of Gaye Road. Two bicyclists, a 12-year-old boy and an approximately 50-year-old man, were riding along the right shoulder of High School Road. The two bicyclists were unrelated and did not know each other. Ulises Valdez of Sebastopol was driving a Ram Rebel pickup northbound on High School Road approaching both bicyclists. Valdez was driving at a high speed and lost control on a left curve in the roadway. The Ram drove onto the shoulder and collided with the 12-year-old bicyclist. The Ram continued out of control back into the traffic lane, then back onto the right shoulder where the Ram struck the other bicyclist. The Ram then went off the roadway and collided with a utility pole and a tree. Valdez and both bicyclists were transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries. Valdez was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for Felony DUI.

If anyone witnessed this collision or the events leading up to it, please call the Santa Rosa CHP office at (707)588-1400.