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Santa Monica cyclist critical after crashing into parked car

June 10, 2012 | 11:18 am

A cyclist remained in critical condition Sunday after crashing into the door of a parked car in Santa Monica, police said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was riding a mountain bike south on 11th Street near Oak Street about 5:30 p.m. Friday when he collided with the driver's side door, Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department said.

The cyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, flew over the top of the door and suffered a "major head injury," Lewis said. A nurse living in the area began CPR until paramedics took the man to a hospital.

Initial information indicates the cyclist may have been biking under the influence of alcohol, Lewis said. The door had been open for "several seconds," he added, as the driver gathered her things before stepping out of the vehicle.

The driver of the car faces no criminal charges.

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