Dashcam video captures San Francisco cop hitting cyclist

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A San Francisco bicyclist who was injured after he was hit by a police cruiser and it was caught on camera. (KGO-TV)

A San Francisco bicyclist was injured after he was hit by a police cruiser and it was caught on camera.

Timothy Doyle says he was hoping to make it through the yellow light at Second and Mission streets.

In dashcam video from a smartphone app called Nexar, you can see this collision clearly.

"So, all of a sudden, just and he didn't see me, and we just collided like that," Doyle said.

Doyle was surprised his crash was caught on video.

"They were at fault for sure. A, they had their blinker on to go right behind that car that stopped at the yellow, so they just figured, oh we'll go over here through the yellow this way," Doyle said.

He spent the night in the hospital. He has a pretty big cut on his leg and a minor back injury, but he was able to walk up a flight of stairs to show off his damaged bicycle.

A San Francisco police spokesman says the crash is still under investigation. They confirmed the police cruiser was not headed to an emergency call.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition says this could have been prevented. "Cars can't make those kinds of turns into someone biking, if there's a protected bike lane on the road," said executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Margaret McCarthy.

She says one of the best examples of a protected bike lane is on Polk Street near City Hall. Timothy Doyle says he's not mad at the police.

"If you're going to have an accident, have it with a cop, because they shut the street down," Doyle said.

Thursday was bike to work day. He's disappointed it ended with a trip to the hospital.
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