Bicyclist injured after head-on with postal truck |

Bicyclist injured after head-on with postal truck

A Nevada City man was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after colliding head-on with a U.S. Postal Service truck Tuesday afternoon.

Chuck Jaffee, 60, was riding his bicycle west-bound on Pasquale Road and was coming down a hill when the accident occurred at about 12:15 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Wright.

He remains in the hospital in good condition, said hospital spokeswoman Liz Madison.

Jaffee is well-known in the county for his movie reviews, which are published in The Union’s Prospector section on Thursdays, and for his involvement with Sierra Writers and its Young Writers contest.

Jaffee, who allegedly was not wearing a helmet, was on a sweeping turn and apparently did not see the oncoming truck being driven by Kaci Large, 24, of Colfax.

“The truck was heading the opposite direction, and the carrier saw him on the wrong side of the road,” Wright said.

“She swerved to the right, thinking he would see her, but he didn’t until the last minute. She started to brake and he saw her, tried to stop and collided head-on with the truck.”

Jaffee was conscious and alert and was complaining of injuries to his shoulder, said Nevada County Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief David Ray. He also had an open scalp wound.

The accident remains under investigation, Wright said.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530)477-4229.