October 18, 2018 9:47 P.M.
On October 18th 2018, at approximately 7:39 P.M., Officers with the Redding Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Lake Boulevard and Hilltop Drive, regarding a vehicle vs. bicyclist traffic collision.
Firefighters with the Redding Fire Department were at a nearby business and heard the collision. They were able to render immediate aid to the bicyclist, who was stuck underneath the vehicle. The bicyclist, identified as 49 year old Redding resident, Curtis Shottenkirk, was transported to Mercy Medical center with major injuries. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as 80 year old Redding resident, Edward Plaza, was turning right onto southbound Hilltop Drive from Lake Blvd on a green light. For unknown reasons, the bicyclist crossed Hilltop Drive in front of the vehicle and was struck. The driver of the vehicle was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. Alcohol/drugs do not appear to be a factor.
The Redding Police Department would like to remind drivers to please pay close attention to emergency vehicles at accident scenes. If an emergency vehicle is blocking a traffic lane, it means that lane is closed to through traffic. Do not attempt to go around emergency vehicles, cone patterns, or road flares. Utilize a safe and alternate route away from the scene.
Contact: Corporal Liz Harris ID#369
Redding Police Department 530-225-4200
Reviewed: Sergeant Gary Meadows/ID#303