A cyclist was hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Sixth and Hearst streets in Berkeley on Friday morning, reports the Contra Costa Times.

The accident came three days after an Oakland woman was struck and killed by a driver under the influence at Adeline and Harmon.

It’s unclear how badly injured the cyclist is. Read more here.

In separate news, the Contra Costa Times also reported that police arrested a man in North Berkeley on Friday afternoon after he robbed a Bank of the West at 1480 Shattuck Avenue. No one was hurt in the 12:17 p.m. robbery. Read more here.

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  1. I don’t know if this kind of incident is happening all over Berkeley, but we live in the Elmwood, and yesterday evening around 7 pm I was crossing the street at Ashby and College w/ my 2 year old in one arm, and holding the dog on leash w/ the other hand when a tan minivan w/ a Caucasian driver in his late 60s turned north on College from Ashby, almost hitting us. Our pedestrian light was green, and he made eye contact w/ me so I thought we were safe to cross, but he barreled on through. Had I not stopped he would have hit us. I wish there were an apple app for identifying license plates in your near vicinity. In any case, the College/Ashby intersection is hazardous. I often worry when my elderly mom who is hard of hearing crosses that intersection alone.

  2. Alan,

    I take your point, however I wonder if the lack of “bad” news reporting, particularly crime incidents, is not one of the factors resulting in collective denial and complacency referred to by new police chief Michael Meehan reported on this west Berkeley local blog:
    http://ronpenndorf.com/scrmbld310b.html

    “In looking at Berkeley, he pointed out that even excluding the crime
    around the UC campus, that Berkeley has a total crime rate HIGHER than
    Richmond. He thought that there was denial or complacency about this
    glaring fact in the community.”

    I would argue it has led to folks relying on anecdotal not real data and underestimating the impact in this case of bike accidents and the need for effective solutions.

    By the way bike friendly Portland organizations takes bike thefts seriously, Berkeley on the other hand has extremely high rates of bike theft, a fact that deters more people from riding.

  3. Careful about the reporting here, Berkeleyside, or the “bad news causal cluster bias” will getcha like it does the more mainstream media.

    Sequential bad news of the accident sort too often gets picked up by the media as a cluster, as if there’s some causal connection. The point seems to be to make readers afraid that this kind of incident is happening all over the place, and therefore we should all be very afraid that it might affect us as well. Plane crashes are the most visible example: after something crashes locally, we next hear about a crash in Poland or Kazakhstan that would never rise to a mention on its own. But car crashes also get the same misplaced conclusions. Weird sort of selective-attention bias.

    Good news items, in contrast, are NEVER reported as apparent clusters (“Another kitten rescued from a drain, this time in Richmond!”), just as isolated “human interest” stories.

    In fact both bad and good news items are equally random and unconnected from others of their type, yet are treated very differently.

    In a blog-oriented site like this one, BOTH kinds of new-news items should simply stand on their own — stories should not create or imply hidden causal connections that don’t exist.