Tuesday Feb 03 2009
Bike, pickup collision in Roseville claims life of Citrus Heights man
A 22-year-old Citrus Heights man riding a bicycle was killed Monday after being struck by a pickup while trying to cross the on-ramp from Riverside Avenue in Roseville to Interstate 80. The accident, which happened at about 5:40 p.m., occurred when a silver Dodge pickup driven by Justin Marsh, 36, of Roseville struck the cyclist on the on-ramp. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet and the bike was not equipped with a forward light, according to police reports. Witnesses said the cyclist was riding outside the marked crosswalk when he was struck. The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The pickup continued forward after striking the cyclist and collided with a traffic control signal. Traffic lights on the on-ramp were affected by the accident, police said. The on-ramp was closed for more than an hour during the investigation by the California Highway Patrol. “This situation is an unfortunate but clear example ofthe benefit of using safety equipment while riding a bicycle, especially at dawn or dusk,” said CHP spokesman Dave Montijo in a news release. “The use of a helmet, reflective clothing and proper lighting equipment could have possibly helped to prevent a collision such as this. Bottom line: Helmets save lives."