A bicyclist was struck and killed Sunday morning by a car in rural Yolo County during a time-trial race, authorities said. The man was hit at 9:30 a.m. on County Road 19, west of Interstate 505 near Esparto, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The accident unfolded after a vehicle moved toward the center of the road to pass one of the racers, CHP Sgt. Andy Hill said. As the driver moved to pass, she failed to see a second racer, riding near the middle of the road in the opposite direction, Hill said. The car was traveling about 35 mph and the bicyclist about 30 mph when they collided, according to the CHP.
“Unfortunately the (victim) was not riding on the far right side of the lane. He was riding in the middle of the road where the yellow line is,” Hill said.
The victim, Allen Brumm, 57, of Foster City, died at the scene.
Hill said both parties contributed to the collision. Cyclists are required to ride as far to the right as possible, he said, while cars are required to have appropriate space before passing. Authorities have not identified the driver, a 35-year-old woman from Esparto. No charges or arrests have been made.
Both cyclists were taking part in the Esparto Time Trial, one of a series of events affiliated with the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association. The 18-mile route crossed several county roads, with a turnaround so riders were heading both directions on County Road 19, according to the organization’s website. In a section promoting the race, organizers state that riders “must remain in the right half of the right lane on the course except while passing.”
“There is other traffic on the roadway,” the note cautions, adding, “be prepared to slow and/or maneuver.”
Calls to Robert Leibold, whose company Velo Promo organized the event, were not immediately returned.