Scene of San Jose traffic fatality involving cyclist
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
Authorities in San Jose were asking for the public's help Monday night after a fatal felony hit-and-run accident left a cyclist dead at the beginning of the afternoon rush hour.
The incident was reported at 3:25 p.m. near state Highway 87 and East Taylor Street, according to SJPD public information officer Sgt. Jason Dwyer.
Officers arrived on scene to find the victim laying in the street near a mangled bicycle, which they assume was the victim's, Dwyer said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"He was likely struck by a vehicle," said Dwyer. "That vehicle fled the scene"
Investigators are calling it a felony hit and run.
"One of our big questions is how many people saw this?" asked Dwyer. "Taylor Street in this stretch here tends to be pretty busy all day. We really don't have much to go on except that it's a hit-and-run and we'd like the public's help."
The force of the crash knocked the victim out of his shoes. What appeared to be a white bumper sat in the roadway yards from the victim's mangled bike.
Dwyer said these traffic accident investigations can take an emotional toll on everyone involved.
The crime scene is all too familiar. There have been 19 deadly traffic accidents in San Jose this year. 13 of the victims were either walking or riding their bikes.
"It's high, and we're not comfortable with that number," said Dwyer.
The accident happened right above the Guadalupe Parkway Trail where cyclists ride without the added danger of cars and trucks.
Police say drivers being distracted, people not using crosswalks and cyclists not using bike paths could be contributing to the deadly accident spike.
So far there is no indication of the victim's identity. Police are hoping someone who saw it will say something and help find the person who drove away.
Taylor Street was closed for hours during the investigation Monday.
The crash was the city's second traffic fatality of the day.
At around 2 a.m. Monday, a driver lost control while reportedly speeding, crashing his car into a parked vehicle near Hillsdale and Pearl avenues, and killing his passenger in the process.
The driver was arrested after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators said that alcohol was believed to be a factor in the early morning accident.
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