Sacto 9-1-1
October 21, 2013
Sacramento cyclist killed after swerving in front of SUV

A Sacramento cyclist was killed early Monday morning after he apparently swerved in front of a SUV in South Sacramento.

The 59-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His identity is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the SUV, Ma Lendy Ortiguesa, 39, of Elk Grove, will not be facing any charges.

At 6:25 a.m., the Sacramento man was riding his bicycle northbound on Stockton Boulevard. At the same time, a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe was also going northbound on Stockton Boulevard, traveling in the far right lane at 40 to 45 mph.

The two were approaching Elsie Avenue, when "for unknown reason, the cyclist turned directly into the path of the Chevy Tahoe," said Michael Bradley, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

"The driver saw the cyclist directly in front of her and applied the brakes, but was unable to stop, striking the cyclist."

The impact propelled the man, who was not wearing a helmet, from the bicycle, and he landed on the ground, suffering major head trauma, according to Bradley.

The cyclist was taken to Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

It was not known if the bicycle had a front light. The bicycle did appear to have a back light.

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