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Honeymooning cyclist injured in Jan. 20 hit-and-run near Barking Dog

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The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a hit-and-run driver who caused major injuries to a 59-year-old Sacramento-area physician in a Jan. 20 accident on Sonoma Highway at Arroyo Road, in the Boyes Hot Springs district of the Sonoma Valley.

The victim was Stephen Cyphers, 59, of El Dorado Hills. He had just been married on Saturday, and he and his wife Elyse were bicycle touring the area on their honeymoon.

At 4:18 p.m. on that Wednesday, a yellow vehicle turning left at the intersection struck the cyclist as he was traveling westbound on Highway 12; his wife was riding behind him. The vehicle, which some witnesses said had two people inside, was traveling eastbound and turned left onto Arroyo Road in front of the Cyphers, who collided with the turning vehicle.

After initially stopping, the vehicle left the scene, and witnesses were unable to provide a complete description. Mrs. Cyphers corrected the CHP report which called it a white vehicle, saying both she and her husband agreed it was yellow. Weather was discounted as a factor.

Cyphers was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries, including what Elyse Cyphers said was a broken neck. He was later flown by helicopter to UC Davis, and was released on Monday, Jan. 25. Cyphers is an orthopedic surgeon in Placerville, and his wife said he was awake through the aftermath of the accident.

His wife contacted the Index-Tribune to say that he was making a “miraculous” recovery since, despite his injuries, he was able to walk.

The Cyphers issued a statement that read, “We wanted to let you know that this was not a wanton act of reckless driving. This was an unavoidable accident and the only fault is that the driver didn’t stay at the scene. The accident was unavoidable and there is no ill will towards the driver.”

The CHP is looking for witnesses or anyone with information about the incident. If anyone was witness to this collision, please contact the Napa CHP Office at (707) 253-4906.

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