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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Nelson, 2096522160
Release Date: Monday, July 21, 2014, 11:33:00 PM

Modesto CA: Vehicle versus bicycle collision results in one juvenile bicyclist fatality

Date: July 21, 2014
Modesto Police Department
Media Relations
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354
Author: Officer Scott Nelson
Modesto CA: Vehicle versus bicycle collision results in one juvenile bicyclist fatality.
On Monday July 21st, 2014 at about 8:45 PM a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Sylvan Avenue at Keller Street. Two persons riding on one bicycle were also in the intersection at the same time as the vehicle. For a yet to be determined reason the vehicle and the bicycle collided in the intersection.
One of the bicycle riders was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased due to his injuries sustained from the collision. The other bicycle rider was also transported to a local hospital and remains incritical condition. The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.
At this time, there are no obvious signs of any alcohol or drug use by the driver. There are signs of possible alcoholic beverage intoxication by the bicycle riders. The bicycle riders do not appear to have been wearing any type of safety helmet at the time of the collision.
The vehicle involved was a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta and the driver was a 23 year old female resident of Modesto. The bicycle involved was a mountain bicycle type. Both of the riders of the bicycle were 17 year old male residents of Modesto.
At this time, the cause of this collision has yet to be 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.
Including this collision, so far in 2014 there have been 10 fatal vehicle collisions which have resulted in the deaths of 13 people. 
Anyone with information or witnesses this collision is encouraged to contact Traffic Officer Billy 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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