ST. GEORGE — Former NBA and BYU basketball player Shawn Bradley may have bumped or been bumped by a passing vehicle, causing him to hit the rear of a parked car and flip over his handlebars, according to a police report.
Bradley is now paralyzed from the January accident that occurred while riding his bicycle near his home in St. George, according to a statement released by the Dallas Mavericks on behalf of Bradley last week.
The 7-foot-6 Bradley was riding his Trek Project One bicycle on North Country Lane near Stonebridge Drive when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 20, according to a police report obtained by the Deseret News through a public records request.
Bradley, 48, hit a Saturn parked on the shoulder of North Country Lane. The driver, a 27-year-old man who was sitting in the vehicle, told police he did not see what happened, but “felt and heard the impact and saw the bicyclist lying on the ground,” the report states.
Police noted that the Saturn’s passenger wheels were “almost touching the curb and there appeared to be sufficient room for the bicyclist to travel between it and the fog line.” A fog line is the line painted on the road that marks the edge of the legally drivable portion.
The other vehicle involved was a Dodge van driven by a 30-year-old woman with two young children in the vehicle. That woman told police she could see Bradley as she approached. She said she passed him going 10 mph and gave him “plenty of room,” according to the report, and put her driver-side tire between the two sets of double yellow lines.
The woman said as she passed the Saturn, she “saw the cyclist flipping forward through the air and landed on (his) back in the roadway,” the report states.
Bradley hit the Saturn’s rear bumper on the driver’s side, flipping him over his bike and causing him to hit the trunk of the vehicle, according to police.
The woman pulled over to help, and the driver of the Saturn and his passenger also got out of their car and called 911.
The driver of the van said she had to pick up her children from school but would return to the crash scene, which police say she did. When she returned, officers noted a “fresh scratch” on the passenger side of her vehicle, which could have been caused by Bradley’s handlebars, according to the report.
“If the bicyclist was angling toward the van at the time of impact, this would possibly have put the angle of the handlebar in line with the fresh scratch on (the van),” police wrote.
When police attempted to speak with Bradley at the hospital, he told officers he “could not recall what happened,” the report says. Officers returned to the hospital the next day to speak to Bradley again. That time, he told them that he saw the Saturn parked along the side of the road and was in the process of passing it when the van “made contact with him and sent him into (the Saturn).”
Investigators also collected information from a Garmin device Bradley used and determined he never went over 14 mph while riding his bicycle that day, the report states, and that “the bicycle was indeed traveling at a low speed at the time of the collision.”
The report says the map was “not detailed enough to show if the bicyclist was behind or over the fog line” when the collision occurred. “There were no independent witnesses who saw the circumstances that led to the impact or impact itself.”
As of Monday, no charges have been filed in connection with the incident.