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Bicyclist near Winters killed by hit-and-run driver

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.

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.