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Must Read: Car strikes, kills El Tour de Tucson cyclist

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Nov. 24, 2013

Car strikes, kills El Tour bicyclist — The Arizona Daily Star

TUCSON, Arizona — A 78-year-old driver crashed into an El Tour de Tucson bicyclist from behind in a designated bike lane late Saturday afternoon, killing him, authorities said.

The bicyclist, identified as 59-year-old John S. Henderson of Tucson, was riding properly in the El Tour bike lane, which was marked and enclosed by cones, said Department of Public Safety Officer Raul Molina.

Henderson was struck about 5:20 p.m. on the eastbound Interstate 10 frontage road near Sunset Road. He was riding solo at the time, Molina said.

Paramedics performed advanced life support on Henderson, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, said Northwest Fire District Capt. Adam Goldberg.

The driver of the Nissan Leaf, who was alone in the car, stayed at the scene.

“Tucson Fire paramedics evaluated and transported the driver to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The condition of the driver and the indications for the treatment and transport will be released by the Department of Public Safety when the investigation has been completed,” Goldberg said in a news release.

Juan Magallanes (Team P&S) won the rain-soaked 107-mile event ahead of Mike Sayers, who was the only non-P&S rider to make the top five.

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