Driver who struck cyclist Sunday was a Berkeley man, 19

The driver was arrested — but not in connection with the crash, police said.

Driver who struck cyclist Sunday was a Berkeley man, 19
Sunday's crash took place on southbound San Pablo Avenue below Dwight Way. Google Street View

The driver who hit a cyclist in Berkeley on Sunday, resulting in major injuries to the cyclist's leg, was a teenager with an arrest warrant, records show.

Torin Whittle, 19, was arrested in connection with the warrant, which stemmed from a vehicle theft investigation, according to records online. He was released that day on a citation.

Berkeley police, who originally said there had been no arrest Sunday, have said little about the crash. They confirmed this week that it remains under investigation.

There has been no update on the cyclist's condition.

Whittle's arrest was unrelated to the crash, which took place Sunday just before 10:50 a.m. on San Pablo Avenue south of Dwight Way.

The cyclist's leg was pinned between Whittle's car and parked vehicles, authorities said.

Whittle had been southbound on San Pablo, but police have not said what might have led to the crash, which reportedly severed the cyclist's leg.

Berkeley police applied a tourniquet within 2 minutes of being dispatched to the call.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police, BPD said Sunday.

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According to arrest records, Whittle's warrant was related to allegations of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Whittle has no active criminal cases pending in Alameda County, but he is on court probation, through January 2025, for a burglary conviction, records show.

According to court records, Whittle had been charged with both felony and misdemeanor burglary last year and took a plea deal in January, on the eve of trial, in exchange for a misdemeanor conviction and unsupervised probation.

BPD generally does not make arrests or issue citations in connection with traffic collisions.

On the rare occasions when charges are filed in connection with serious collisions, it often takes months for that determination to be made and years for cases to resolve.

The Scanner will continue to seek information about Sunday's crash.

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