Cyclist Hit, Killed in Turlock


A male bicyclist was hit and killed on Fulkerth Road just east of Bystrum Road in Turlock at approximately 6:10 p.m. Monday evening.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the cyclist, whose name is being withheld pending identification and notification of next of kin, was riding westbound in the westbound lane of Fulkerth Road, near the edge of the road, wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans.

Diane Medina, 34, driving a 2010 GMC in the same direction, collided with the cyclist throwing him onto the right shoulder.

Medina did not see the cyclist until she was a short distance away and did not react in time to avoid colliding with the cyclist.

The GMC came to a stop in the westbound lane of Fulkerth Road after the collision.

Mayra Hernandez, 28, driving a 2004 Honda, was traveling several hundred yards behind the GMC when she observed the GMC slowing abruptly and pulling to the shoulder just past the collision site.

Hernandez did not see the bicycle in the westbound lane, as her attention was drawn to the GMC. The Honda struck the bicycle and dragged iit several hundred feet until she was able to come to a stop.

Another passing motorist stopped and assisted in removing the bicycle from underneath the Honda. They all then returned to the original collision scene and located the injured cyclist.

Emergency crews attempted lifesaving measures upon arriving on scene, but the cyclist had sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to have been a contributing factor in the collision.

The collision remains under investigation.



Comments 7

  1. Tiffany says:
    It's obvious that the chick wasn't paying attention and as big as those truvks are I bet she wasn't able to see clearly over the hood of the truck. I'm surprised more of these kinds of accidents don't accure im not that tall and know myself if you can't see that well because the vehicle is to big for you don't drive it it puts yourself and people on the road ways at more of a risk. There's enough of that with people speeding, and drinking while driving and on the cell phone.
  2. Kat says:
    I can't tell you how many cyclist do not wear reflective clothing, are riding AGAINST traffic and do not wear a helmet. Some of them even text or talk on their cell phones WHILE RIDING THEIR BIKES! Yes, it's true, you must really pay attention to what is happening on the road when driving, but if you are out there riding your bike, know the rules, follow the rules and make sure YOU CAN BE SEEN!!!
  3. Al says:
    Just curious...was he wearing a helmet?
  4. Lisa says:
    This is very sad, a man has lost his life. I was a little bothered by this, "Another passing motorist stopped and assisted in removing the bicycle from underneath the Honda. They all then returned to the original collision scene and located the injured cyclist." They all THEN returned to the collision scene and LOCATED THE INJURED CYCLIST. I would think the person should have been their first thought not getting the bike out from under the car.
  5. james says:
    Tiffany, what's obvious is that you have no idea what you're talking about.. Did you visit the crash site? Are you familiar with the road conditions at Fulkerth and Bystrum? (very narrow) Actually the SUV in question isn't even a full size SUV.. So reserve your uninformed comment for another forum, try Facebook maybe.. I'm sure you're one of "those chicks"..
  6. Mike says:
    Wow, Tiffany, that is a pretty bold statement for someone that was not even around or involved. "that chick" has to be going through one of the roughest times in her life. Not to mention the family of the cycliist. For you to make assumptions based on (will I have no idea on what you are baseing it on). Probably a better idea to pray for everyone involved as opposed to finger pointing and assuming things. God forbid if you ever find yourself in that position.
  7. Tim says:
    In the past few years, I have twice come startlingly close to hitting a person on bicycle after dark because they were wearing all DARK clothing, had inadequate (or missing) safety reflectors or no lights on their bikes, and street lights not being adequate along that stretch of road. Both times, I was NOT distracted at all, I just did not see them until they were several feet in front of me, because it was dark and they were wearing dark clothing. Its tragic for both parties but people need to think about their own safety at night, how visible they will be to motorists.

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