Motorist seriously injures cyclist on Hwy. 28


A 23-year-old Colorado man remains in serious condition this afternoon at Renown Medical Center in Reno after being thrown from his bicycle Nov. 15.

California Highway Patrol officers said James Hulett of Boulder was on his bike on Highway 28 going up Dollar Hill just after 5pm Friday when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Vicente Araujo.

The 53-year-old Kings Beach man initially fled the scene. Two and half hours later he turned himself in at the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Tahoe City. He faces felon hit and run charges.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors in the accident. But California Highway Patrol officers also don’t know what led Araujo to drift to his right.

No helmet was found at the scene of the accident. Hulett sustained major head trauma, according to officers.

Anyone with information about the accident should call the CHP at (530) 582.7570.

— Lake Tahoe News staff report


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Comments (17)
  1. A.B. says - Posted: November 19, 2013

    Rest assured that Mr. Araujo has adequate insurance per the law, and he has a valid driver’s license.

    Very likely that he legally immigrated to the U.S. too.

    Note my sarcasm.

  2. copper says - Posted: November 19, 2013

    Sarcasm is always productive – or passes for it in the current political culture.

  3. Arod says - Posted: November 19, 2013

    That is not sarcasm , it is racism. Would you have the same response if his name was Vincent Smith?

  4. Rick says - Posted: November 19, 2013

    Well A.B. let’s analyze the article and see if your inferences are well founded or represent a likely racial bias. Nowhere in this article are we provided information regarding Mr. Araujo’s automobile insurance, whether he holds a valid driver’s license, or is a legal citizen/immigrant. To imply otherwise is premature and does in fact suggest a strong anti-hispanic bias.


  5. George says - Posted: November 19, 2013

    The kid on the bike died….. no insurance will cover that

  6. JohnnyGP says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    Most importantly, my thoughts go out to the victim and his family.
    Secondly, my sympathy goes out to AB who represents what is really wrong with the world and I can’t help but feel AB should have been the one on the bike. IF we have to lose someone, it should be the racists who fuel the hatred in the world.

  7. suspicious mind says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    AB you are not PC. At least the rest of the
    commenters know the party line and won’t let
    facts get in their way. IIHWAD.

  8. tahoe Pizza Eater says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    I’ve read plenty of comments here that cause me to suspect some people are posting statements in an effort to raise anger by opposition. A B seems to know how to p o Arod, and has done it again. This looks like A B is having some fun with people who take him seriously.

  9. Lisa says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    That’s right because no one named Araujo could possibly be here legally. Just because there are approximately 41.8 million legal Hispanics and about 6 million illegal ones in this country. Never let facts get in the way.

  10. Squawllywood says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    First & foremost, what a horrific tragedy.

    If we come to learn that Mr. Araujo was here illegally, it will be one more death caused by an illegal immigrant. It will also cause a number of the outspoken politically correct lemmings to eat crow.

  11. dumbfounded says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    …and, Squaw, will the opposite be true…will the crow be eaten in public?

  12. James says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    James was a brilliant young man with a bright future. A passion for the outdoors but most importantly a joyful spirit for living, he just graduated from CU Boulder and recently moved to Tahoe to be a big mountain ski coach and figure out his next step in life. Being that this was taken from him I think it might be appropriate to forget about the individual who hit him and think about the situation itself. Who gives a —- what nationality he is, this should be a P.S.A. about how easy it is to overlook a person on a bike. Life is full of learning experiences its a damn shame if people look over them in a poor effort to scrutinize an unrelated issue.

  13. dumbfounded says - Posted: November 20, 2013

    James, you are right.

  14. Ken Curtzwiler says - Posted: November 21, 2013

    A.B. may be correct

    Araujo was arrested on a felony charge of hit and run causing death/injury and was transported to the Placer County Jail in Auburn, said Dena Erwin, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

    Araujo’s bail initially was set at $75,000; he remained in jail as of Thursday on “no bail hold,” Erwin said, in lieu of an investigation by Immigration Customs Enforcement officials regarding Araujo’s status as a legal citizen.

  15. JohnnyGP says - Posted: November 22, 2013

    Thank you for the reminder James.

  16. Squawllywood says - Posted: November 22, 2013

    Anybody up for crow this evening for dinner. It’s being served to those naïve lemmings who doubted the background of this situation.

    Mr. Araujo is an illegal immigrant, who killed an innocent cyclist the other evening.

    LTN, how about some real reporting here?!

  17. BijouBill says - Posted: November 22, 2013

    What a shame such a fine young man with a bright future in front of him was killed in this tragic accident. My condolences to his loved ones.
    It’s also a shame that so many in our society these days are soulless, sub-human cretins, so filled with bigotry and hate that they are incapable of sympathy.