A bicyclist who died Monday morning in a collision on Fiddyment Road near Roseville has been identified by the Placer Count Coroner's Office as Richard Elmer Lawson, 47, of Rio Linda.
Janeva Larsen, who identified herself as Lawson’s fiance, said in a phone conversation that she and Lawson were riding to the Thunder Valley Casino when the collision occurred about 6:20 a.m.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the two bicyclists were riding northbound on the right shoulder of Fiddyment Road, just north of Sunset Boulevard West. At the same time, a gray 2015 Ford Fusion was also traveling northbound on Fiddyment Road, approaching the bicyclists from behind.
For reasons that are under investigation, Lawson, the rear bicyclist, swerved into the path of the Ford Fusion, according to a CHP news release. The driver of the car, a 36-year-old man from Roseville, attempted to swerve left over the double yellow lines but was unable to do so because of oncoming traffic, CHP officials said. The right front of the Ford struck Lawson, pushing him into Larsen’s bike, directly in front of him. Lawson was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Larsen, who was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with minor injuries, said Lawson was riding behind her to protect her from traffic.
Investigation of the collision is being handled by the Auburn Area CHP Office.