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Mayor Steinberg’s driver hits midtown biker

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg attends his first city council meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg attends his first city council meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. aseng@sacbee.com

On a trip between City Hall and a school board meeting on Tuesday evening, Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s driver hit a bicyclist at a notoriously hazardous intersection in midtown.

The mayor’s staff said there were no serious injuries and the mayor was not driving when the accident occurred near the intersection of 24th and G streets.

The incident occurred at an intersection with a two-way stop. The mayor’s Ford Fusion didn’t have a stop sign, but a cyclist coming from 24th Street ran the stop sign, said Zachary Yeates, a Steinberg staffer who was in the car.

Yeates said the mayor’s car hit the cyclist in the intersection, damaging the back tire of the bike. Yeates said the mayor immediately got out to help the man. Steinberg was not immediately available for comment because he was in a City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Emergency services were not called, but the mayor’s driver, Calvin Lim, made a report to police, said Kelly Rivas, Steinberg’s spokeswoman.

Rivas said that she had also reported the accident to Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents the district where the accident took place to see if the intersection should be evaluated for a four-way stop.

Hansen confirmed that he intended to ask the city traffic engineer to conduct “an immediate investigation” and “quickly make changes if warranted.” Hansen said that he's also pushing to educate bikers on following traffic laws, and that it would take both a “culture change” and infrastructure improvements for Sacramentans to successfully share roads.

Anita Chabria: 916-321-1049, @chabriaa

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