A cyclist who commutes to work daily from the Kingsburg area died early Tuesday when he was struck by a pickup, the California Highway Patrol reported.
He was identified as Nathan Bolton, 36. The collision is the latest serious crash involving bicyclists and motorists in the central San Joaquin Valley.
It occurred about 5:30 a.m. as Bolton was eastbound on Avenue 400 approaching Road 24. He was struck from behind by a white Dodge pickup. The rider was thrown to the shoulder, where he sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the pickup fled east on Avenue 400. The CHP said Bolton was not wearing a helmet, but the bicycle was equipped with flashing lights.
On April 20, Patrick TeNyehuis was struck from behind by a car while on his morning ride on Shaw Avenue near Leonard Avenue about 6 a.m. Clovis Police said TeNyehuis was wearing a helmet and riding in a quasi bike lane – the space between the white line that divides the car lane from the edge of the road.
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On Feb. 26, Dr. William Dominic of the burn center at Community Regional Medical Center was seriously injured white commuting to his home. Dominic spent about a month in the hospital after the collision. The driver in that incident also fled after hitting Dominic about 1 a.m. on Fresno Street near Gettysburg Avenue. Dominic’s bike was dragged by the fleeing vehicle and has not been recovered.