The California Highway Patrol is seeking information on a driver who crossed over into an oncoming lane on a country road near Winters and killed a bicyclist engaged in a time trial.
At about 5 p.m. Wednesday Dan Taylor, 72, of Alamo, Contra Costa County, was riding alone eastbound on Putah Creek Road, east of Interstate 505.
The CHP said that Taylor was competing in a time trial, racing against the clock on a long, straight stretch of roadway that cuts through orchards. The area is a well-traveled route for bicyclists.
At the same time, a vehicle was traveling in the westbound direction on Putah Creek Road toward the bicyclist at an estimated 55-60 mph. For an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed over the road into the eastbound lane and struck Taylor on his bike.
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Taylor was propelled over the vehicle and into an orchard. He suffered fatal injuries.
The vehicle continued into an orchard, nearly hitting a tree. The motorist then drove away toward Winters.
There are no apparent witnesses to the collision, according to a CHP press release. However, evidence collected at the scene indicates that the hit-and-run vehicle has light-colored paint. Vehicle make is unknown.
Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP in Fairfield at (707) 428-2100.