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.