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Los Gatos Bicyclist Critically Injured in Crash Was Professional Rider

Woman remains in critical condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center with brain trauma and broken pelvis, femur and tibia, among other injuries.

Anna from the National Team Finnland during the Women's Tour of Thuringia 2012 in Zwickau, Germany. Courtesy Wikimedia
Anna from the National Team Finnland during the Women's Tour of Thuringia 2012 in Zwickau, Germany. Courtesy Wikimedia
The Los Gatos bicyclist seriously injured the afternoon of Oct. 4 during a two-car collision at the intersection of Saratoga-Los Gatos Road and Ridgecrest Avenue in Monte Sereno is a professional rider from Scandinavia.

According to her husband Jan, who wishes to be identified only by first name, his wife, Anna, 31, has competed during the Women's Tour of Thuringia 2012 in Zwickau, Germany and had moved to town with their three children just five months ago.

Anna rides with the NorCal-based Leopard-Sapporo Cycling Team and was hoping to participate next year in the National Racing Calendar races here in U.S., her husband said.

Team manager Martin Santos, Jan said, has been visiting Anna at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition, he said.

Anna, like others in the team, get their cycling equipment covered by the company sponsoring them and only take home money if they win competitions, her husband added.

The couple has three children, ages 5, 9 and 13, he said.

"She's in critical condition and there's no prognosis of any and all of her long-term effects yet," Jan said. "The critical factor is the brain trauma."

He added: "We're in such early phases of her treatment that we know she didn't die, but [it's too early] to give a prognosis."

Anna is no longer in a coma, but she's suffering from a broken pelvis, broken femur (thigh bone), broken tibia (shinbone), he said.

"It was a full-on high-speed hit by a car on her right side. She was stationary. Anything you can imagine hitting your right side with 4,000 [pounds] of steel is always going to be ugly," he lamented.

According to Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police, Anna was struck shortly before 12:45 p.m. when two vehicles traveling westbound on Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, also known as Highway 9, collided.

On the day she was struck, Anna was on a short training ride and was planning to pick up her children from school after she finished, her husband said.

Anna works as a Finnish translator as she's originally from Scandinavia. So is her husband and three children. "We just relocated," he said.

Anna is well known by local cyclists because she has joined many on them on group rides, her husband said.

Jan said he works in the Bay Area as a technical consultant and advisor and said his wife's medical expenses are being covered by his employer.

He said he doesn't know if he'll need financial support from the public to help pay for his wife extended care and rehabilitation.

Jan thanked the community for supporting the family during the tragedy. He said since the accident occurred, a group of Finnish ex-patriots has been providing daily dinners by setting up a web page where volunteers can sign up to help feed the family.

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Thomas Tran October 14, 2013 at 04:33 PM
So sad. I hope she recovers fully. Also: "Anything you can imagine hitting your right side with a 4,000 tons of steel is always going to be ugly" 4000 tons is about 2000x too high of an estimate. I'm sure he meant 4000lbs.
Dean October 14, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Hope she pulls through and comes out of this with minimal long-term issues.
Los Gatos Observer October 14, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Sheila, Any news on the drivers who caused this? Damage and any signs of dangerous driving? Thanks, Ralph
Jeremy Barousse October 14, 2013 at 05:04 PM
So sad, I wish Anna a full and speedy recovery. All motorists, please remember to share the road, and be cautious of our cyclists.
Eric C October 14, 2013 at 05:25 PM
as a former avid cyclist, I know this tragic type of accident is one all of us wish to avoid. hope there is a full recovery, bones will heal. I have read the reports, but see nothing regarding whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet, I know from experience that they help protect the brain. I am not sure if it would have mattered in this instance, but still I am curious...
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 14, 2013 at 05:27 PM
@Eric C She was wearing a helmet. Will add this to story now.
MichaelJ October 14, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Motorists need to be more aware of cyclists. Bike lanes don't mean a thing if drivers are not paying attention. This is tragic! I have been biking less and less after some close calls with local drivers. Perhaps we need exclusive bike paths to feel safe being out there.
Marilyn Leonard October 14, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Such a sad, sad story for all involved. I pray she will make a full recovery so she can continue her riding career, but more importantly, have a wonderful life with her husband and children. So tragic for everyone.
Mckenna Smith October 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Tell us why the drivers hit her. Such a shame
old neighbor dude October 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM
The drivers collided and hit her because they are bad drivers. What's sad is that it's okay to have accidents like this and kill people. Apparently being an inattentive driver with horrible skills behind the wheel while being distracted by a billion gadgets is okay and doesn't warrant jail time. As long as society keeps letting people off for these "accidents" they will keep happening. Look at those kids that were racing and rammed that lady in her house. Are they in jail? Nope. Will their rich parents have to pay fines, yes, but does that teach a lesson? Lock up these bad drivers for a few months and make them actually suffer, not just financially. Maybe people will start paying more attention behind the wheel if there were actually consequences.
John October 16, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Old neighbor dude, apparently you know more details about the accident. How do you know they are bad drivers? Are you generalizing or were you there? I am a fellow cyclist, but I am also a driver. Accidents do happen, and sometimes a good driver cannot avoid such a tragedy. it is very unfortunate, and I hope the cyclist makes a full recovery. But I am certainly not going to jump to any conclusions until I see the facts. I have read many articles and agree that in many cases the drivers should have been held accountable, but were not. However, in other cases, sometimes, the circumstances are out of ones control.
Robert Mikitka November 04, 2013 at 01:40 PM
I hope also she gains a full recovery although I'm sure it won't be easy. I'm a cyclist too and when I lived in Los Gatos often rode that road. Now I'm very careful in picking my route and always look for bike trails first. Cars are always a fear.
Anna Lindström February 13, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Just because yesterday I met a cyclist who was quite happy that I'm alive and not dead, I figured that I better come and look for the article she was talking about. ;) So yes, I'm alive. The time that recovery is taking painfully long time - but I've been quite happy just to bury my nose again to my daughter's hair after she has fallen asleep.

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