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Sunday Crash Claims Life Of Bicyclist

POSTED April 23, 2012 8:12 a.m.

Authorities as of Monday morning had not yet released the identity of a bicyclist killed along Rodden Road early Sunday afternoon, the Oakdale man struck by a truck as he was turning his bicycle into a driveway shortly after noon.
California Highway Patrol officers reported the man, believed to be around 60, was riding his bicycle eastbound on Rodden Road east of Gray Fox Way at an unknown speed. A 36-year-old Oakdale man was driving his vehicle, a 1975 International C-150 pick-up westbound on Rodden at about 40 mph and a second driver, a 32-year-old Stockton woman, was in her VW Jetta behind the pick-up.
According to the CHP report, the bicyclist turned his bicycle to the left into the westbound lane of Rodden, directly ahead of the pick-up truck driver. The motorist applied his brakes in an attempt to avoid the bicyclist but was unable to stop and the front of his truck struck the man. The bicyclist was ejected and then struck the left front of the second vehicle.
The bicyclist was wearing a safety helmet but suffered fatal injuri8es. His name was not released pending the notification of next of kin.
Look for more details in the Wednesday, April 25 print edition of The Oakdale Leader.

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