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UPDATE: Bicyclist killed in SCV collision

Second cyclist injured in separate collision

Posted: October 30, 2013 3:23 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 4:08 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - One man was killed and another critically injured Wednesday in two separate collisions involving bicyclists and trucks in the Santa Clarita Valley.

A 47-year-old man was hit and killed by a Los Angeles County work truck while riding a bicycle through a busy Saugus intersection at rush hour.

The victim was riding a youth’s bicycle through the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and Railroad Avenue when he was hit shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Division.

Witnesses said the bicyclist was riding against a red light, the sergeant said. He was also on the wrong side of the road, he added.

The bicyclist “went against a red light when he was struck by a vehicle which belongs to the L.A. County Sanitation District, and that vehicle was making a left turn on Railroad,” Cohen said from the scene of the collision.

“It appears that his vision was blurred by the sun, but he probably wasn’t looking in this direction being that the bicyclist was on the wrong side of the roadway.”

“He’s absolutely shaken up over this,” Detective Jeff Maag said of the truck’s driver. Maag, to whom the case was assigned, interviewed the driver of the GMC C4500 utility truck shortly after the collision.

The driver of the Sanitation District truck, who was not hurt, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital as part of a routine sheriff’s procedure. He was expected to undergo tests.

No charges have been filed and none are expected, Maag said. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The bicyclist was going the wrong way,” Maag said. “It’s one of those tragic incidents.”

The victim had a wallet but no identification, Cohen said. His name was not released late Wednesday afternoon because next of kin had not been notified, coroner’s spokesman Fred Corral said late Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a bicyclist we have identified at the moment as a 47-year-old Hispanic man,” he said.

In Valencia shortly after 5 p.m., a man believed to be in his early 30s was seriously hurt after his bicycle and a red pickup truck collided at Copper Hill Drive and Avenue Rancho Tesoro.

“He was unconscious all the time we were with him,” a firefighter said, adding the bicyclist was a wearing a helmet.

“The injuries were extensive,” he said. The cyclist was taken “unconscious and unresponsive to pain” to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
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