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UPDATED: San Rafael Cyclist Killed in Collision with Car in Inverness Park

The cyclist reportedly had his helmet cracked open and sustained major head injuries.

 

This article was updated at 4:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. on April 12.

  

A San Rafael man cycling in West Marin was killed after he collided with a car this afternoon.

The victim, identified as 79-year-old David Hauer, fell into a passing vehicle near 12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness Park. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary report by the California Highway Patrol said the cyclist appears to have fallen into the path of the vehicle, according to CHP Officer Andrew Barclay.

The bicyclist and the vehicle were traveling east on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard around 12:30 p.m.

The vehicle started passing the bicyclist, and when the front of the vehicle was past the bicyclist, the bicyclist appears to have fallen in toward the vehicle and onto the ground, Barclay said.

The bicyclist was then run over by the vehicle's the rear wheels, according to the male driver's account of the fatal collision, Barclay said.

The vehicle driver heard a loud noise and stopped and has been extremely cooperative with the investigation, Barclay said.

The collision happened in front of Perry's Deli at 12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. A woman who answered the phone at the deli said the bicyclist was an older man.

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is a two-lane, undivided road in the collision area, and it's unknown if there is a bike lane there, Barclay said.

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard was closed until 3:38 p.m.

—Bay City News contributed to this report

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Syrah April 12, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Oh no!!! : ( The roadway in front of the deli is very wide (wide enough for cars and bicyclists alike), I wonder what happened? Sorry this happened.
John Ferguson April 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Horrible - condolences to the family of the deceased and may (s)he rest in peace..
John Ferguson April 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Horrible - condolences to the family of the deceased and may (s)he rest in peace..
Donald Herzog April 13, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Governor Brown vetoed legislation that would have required motorists to pass at least three feet away from bicyclists. That law might have have saved.this person's life.
Valentina April 13, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I'm always afraid of drivers who do not know the rules of roads??
Craig Belfor April 13, 2013 at 04:49 PM
The man may have veered off the pavement,(avoiding the car) struck some rubble, and tumbled into the car. It's not always the driver's fault. I like the idea of 3 feet, but it's not possible on most of our roads.

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