Bicyclist killed in collision with SUV

February 1, 2010 9:37:11 PM PST
The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified 28-year-old Joshua Ryan West as the bicyclist who was fatally struck by a sport utility vehicle in Los Gatos this morning.

Around 8:50 a.m., the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer struck West on his bicycle as they were both traveling east on Lark Avenue, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Kerry Harris said.

Officers responded and found a bystander performing CPR on West, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries when his car rolled over after the collision with West. He was transported to Valley Medical Center and was expected to be released sometime today.

A preliminary investigation based on witness statements and evidence at the scene indicates that the Chevrolet was in the No. 2 lane, then veered quickly to the right lane and drifted onto the sidewalk where it struck West at Garden Hill Drive, Harris said. The Chevrolet then hit a pedestrian safety barrier and continued across the intersection, hitting a signal light and then finally flipping over on its side.

Harris said West was found next to the car, and it is possible he may have been either carried across the intersection by the car or thrown by the impact of the Chevrolet.

The California Highway Patrol closed the Lark Avenue off-ramps from both northbound and southbound Highway 17 while they investigated the incident.

Harris said the crash remains under investigation and that the driver has not been cited or arrested. There were no obvious signs that alcohol or drugs factored in the crash, he said.

Today's accident is the second such incident in two days for Los Gatos.

Sunday, 23-year-old San Jose resident Aaron Vega died in a fatal crash around 2 a.m. at the intersection of Los Gatos Boulevard and Nino Avenue. He was sitting in the right front passenger seat of a black Ford Mustang.

The driver, 23-year-old Timothy Priolo, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after he lost control of the Mustang and crashed into the center divider on Los Gatos Boulevard. The car subsequently went airborne before slamming into the ground, hitting a pole and then a tree, Harris said.

Priolo and two men who were sitting in the back were transported to a hospital.

Police determined that Priolo had been speeding and driving with a suspended license. The district attorney's office has not yet filed charges against him.