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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Nelson, 2096522160
Release Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7:10:00 AM

Modesto, CA: Collision involving vehicle and bicyclist investigated at West Hatch Road and Boise Ave.

Date: September 10, 2013
Modesto Police Department
Media Relations
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354
Author: Officer Scott Nelson
Modesto CA: Collision involving vehicle and bicyclist investigated at West Hatch Road and Boise Ave.
On Friday September 6th at around 3:55 PM a bicyclist was traveling westbound on West Hatch Road on the north side of the road headed toward the intersection of Boise Ave. A vehicle was also traveling in the same direction on West Hatch Road. The vehicle and the bicyclist collided in the intersection of Boise Ave.
The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a few days later due to his injuries. He is identified as Bernabe  Lua, a 65 year old male Modesto resident. The driver and passengers in the other vehicle did not have any injuries due to the collision.
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Chrysler mini-van. Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the collision. The bicyclist does not appear to have been wearing bicycle helmet at the time of the collision.
At this time, no fault or cause to this collision has been determined. As a standard procedure, a comprehensive collision investigation has begun and is in the early stages of the process. Witness statements and physical evidence at the scene will be evaluated before any collision factor or cause will be determined.
This is the third fatal traffic collision within the last 30 days. On Friday August 23rd at approximately 8:13 a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of West Orangeburg Ave and College Ave. On Tuesday on August 6th at approximately 7:58 PM a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of Standiford Ave and Sherwood Ave. So far in 2013 there have been eight fatal automobile collisions in the City of Modesto.
Anyone with information or witnesses this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Boyle at 209-652-3167.
Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.
For information about this news release, contact police spokesman Officer Scott Nelson, 209-652-2160.
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