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Bicyclist killed in Marconi Avenue crash is identified

The Coroner’s Office has released the name of a man who died after being struck by vehicles Dec. 15 while bicycling on Marconi Avenue in the Arden Arcade area.

The man, William R. Colwell, 47, was riding a bicycle east on Marconi west of Mission Avenue about 6:10 p.m. and had traveled into the two-way left-turn lane. He was wearing dark clothing, and his bicycle was not equipped with any type of lighting devices or reflectors, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Arthur Costa, 47, of Carmichael was driving a 1991 Mazda 626 west on Marconi west of Mission Avenue in the left lane. When Costa entered the two-way turn lane to make a left turn, he saw the bicyclist in front of him. Costa’s vehicle struck Colwell in the turn lane, according to the CHP.

The bicyclist was ejected into the left lane of eastbound Marconi Avenue, where he was struck by a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 16-year-old girl from Carmichael, CHP officials said.

Colwell was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. CHP officials said the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Costa and the teenage driver were wearing seat belts and were not injured in the crash, according to the CHP.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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