A man, not wearing a helmet, was in extremely critical condition this weekend after landing head first onto the pavement in bicycle crash in the Sunset Park neighborhood.
The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Known only to police as in his 40s, the man struck an open car door as he pedaled southbound on 11th Street. The impact sent him flying over the door, and when he hit the ground, he wasn’t breathing, according to Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.
Lewis said a friend and a neighbor attempted CPR before he was transported to a local trauma center.
“Alcohol played a big role,” Lewis said. “We do not know that he is going to survive.”
Witnesses reported seeing the victim swerve in and out of traffic lanes, and his blood alcohol level was tested at the hospital, Lewis said.
The car door had been open for several seconds before the collision, Lewis said.
"There will not be any criminal charges," he said. "It appears to be an accident."