A Visalia woman riding a bicycle has died from injuries suffered when she was struck by a car, police said.
She was identified as Charlene Carpenter, 44.
Carpenter died June 29 at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
About 9:15 p.m. June 27, she was riding a BMX-style bicycle west on Mineral King Avenue east of Simon Street in east Visalia when a 2006 Dodge Charger heading in the same direction struck her.
The driver of the car, Hayden Dolan, 18, of Visalia, was not injured.
Police do not know why the driver hit the bicycle rider, Sgt. Damon Maurice said. The investigation will take some time to complete, he said.
Michael Carpenter of Porterville, the victim’s brother, said his sister had been taking college classes.
“She was a good person, caring. She loved pets,” Carpenter said. She made a point of caring for stray animals, he said.
Charlene Carpenter grew up in a family that frequently moved, and she had moved to Visalia 10 to 15 years ago, her brother said.
She is survived by sons Anthony Carpenter, 28, and Robert Hawkins, 26, both of Visalia, and daughter Sabrina Carpenter, 25, of Elk Grove.
She is also survived by her mother, Peg Yeates of Visalia, her mother’s wife, Shelia Allen, and brothers Rob Kemp of Canyon Country and Sean Yeates of Visalia.
Services are pending.