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A freak accident between a passenger vehicle and a bicyclist in Pacific Palisades has left the bicyclist in an area hospital fighting for their life.

Calls from bystanders first started pouring in to 911 just after 4:32 p.m. on Jan. 9. Callers reported having seen a vehicle land on top of a bicyclist along the 16000 block of the West Pacific Coast Highway, a main Southern California artery which lies to the north of its intersection with Temescal Canyon Road.

By the time the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and other first responders arrived at the crash scene, they found a bicyclist trapped underneath the roof of a vehicle in a parking lot.

They worked feverishly to free the bike rider from beneath the car. Once they did, they quickly placed them in an ambulance to be transported to a Los Angeles area hospital. The cyclist’s condition was last listed as critical. The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash reportedly walked away unscathed.

Accident scene investigators haven’t yet determined what led to the motorist crashing into the Pacific Palisades parking lot. It’s unclear if any charges will be filed against the driver for their role in causing the crash and the cyclist’s considerable injuries.

While some California bicyclists may suffer relatively minor injures that they can easily recover from after a crash, others are seriously hurt or killed in these accidents. If you’ve broken bones, been left with disfiguring scars or have suffered a traumatic brain injury or paralysis in a crash, you’ve likely accumulated significant health costs. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover much-needed compensation to cover your bills.