Santa Maria's utilities director was injured in a collision with a semi-truck while riding a bicycle this afternoon at East Betteravia Road and Centerpointe Parkway, Santa Maria police said.

Rick Sweet, 53, of Santa Maria collided with a truck driven by Donald A. Cexton, 51, of Santa Maria as the vehicle turned onto East Betteravia from Centerpointe, police said.

Police responded at about 12:34 p.m., and Cexton told officers he heard and felt a loud crash on the left side of his truck. After stopping immediately, Cexton told officers he found Sweet had hit the left side of the semi while riding the bike on eastbound East Betteravia.

Sweet sustained assorted cuts and abrasions to his legs and face, police said. He also complained of pain to his right knee and upper torso. Cexton was uninjured.

Anyone who saw the collision is urged to call police at 928-3781 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-800-9100.

Calls to Sweet, an avid cyclist, weren't returned.

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John Q Public
John Q Public

Dear Rick Sweet,

In case you haven't figured it out, Santa Maria is a car town. If you choose to ride a bike, you do so at your own peril. I don't think a ticket should be issued in this case.

BTW, How much are you paid by the city? what will your pension be?

Just saying



Let's see. Was he on duty and working? Was he on a lunch break (doubt it)? Was he on vacation? I want to see your time card. I'm sure the city will eat something on this. I hope you are alright as well!

Just saying and wanting to live the good life too!


Wasn't he in the arrest logs for drunk driving last month...??????????? HMMMMMMMMMMMMM...


What does any of the above have to do with the fact that this semi-truck driver violated the right of way of the cyclist. Period.

In the past 2 years there have been several people killed and injured from being hit by drivers, distracted or otherwise. It could have been your brother, mother, son or daughter. SHARE THE ROAD!


Dear distracted drivers,
in case your too distracted or just plain unaware of your driving environment there IS people on bike. It seems to me that people on a so called news forum are too BIG MAC and drive thru driven and need to get off there tails and start feeling some tail winds! and to the comments about a lunch break ride? do you not work? is that why there is no interest in getting out for a beautiful lunch ride during a week of an Indian summer? just my thoughts take care rick. take care.
Save a life! ride a bike, ITS TIME TO RIDE!!!!!

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