Popular Bicycling SSU Professor Victim of Hit-and-Run Accident

Environmental studies professor emeritus Steve Norwick, 68, suffered "major injuries" in accident on Petaluma Hill Road when hit by a 68-year old Rohnert Park driver


The cyclist hit Friday morning on Petaluma Hill Road near East Railroad Ave. has been identified as Sonoma State University professor Steve Norwick, 68, according to reportage by the Press Democrat.

The bicyclist and at least one other cyclist from the SSU community was riding south on Petaluma Hill Rd. around 8:40 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a truck that drifted onto the right side of the road, California Highway Patrol Officer Kerri Post said.

The bicyclist suffered major injuries and did not regain consciousness at the scene before being transported to the intensive care unit of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, according to the Press Democrat.

Their report continues:

Norwick, who joined the faculty at SSU in 1974, was a well-known, popular figure around campus, where he nearly always rode his bike, school personnel said.

He took early retirement in 2005, but continued teaching and lecturing part-time and is teaching a course through the School of Extended Education this summer, university spokeswoman Susan Kashak said.

“Steve is the sweetest man. He always has a ‘hello’ for everyone and waves as he's riding his bike around,” Kashak said.

Robert Cowart, 68, of Rohnert Park was being questioned Friday night and will be jailed on charges of felony hit-and-run, according to the report. Cowart told CHP he "knew he hit somebody and he was late for work. He needed to get to work.”

Bay City News to contributed this report

JNG June 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Its better to get to work late than to go to jail early, You dummy, next time stay and help.
Alex Horvath June 10, 2012 at 08:02 PM
This occurred on a route with plenty ofmshoulder -- and an actual bike lane. I ride it regularly. The incident was so avoidable. I hope that the professor recovers and that the driver gets prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
April was in CT now CA June 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
How disgusting that he hit a human being and all he could be concerned with was that he was late for work. Karma, that's all I can say...karma will not be his friend in the future.


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