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Minivan full of high school students hits, kills bicyclist in crash on rural road

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A Toyota minivan full of Clovis East High students struck and killed a bicyclist Tuesday morning just outside Fresno and Clovis city limits.

The bicyclist was identified by the California Highway Patrol as Jack Viriyavong, 56, of Sanger.

The CHP said the crash happened on McKinley Avenue just east of Temperance Avenue. That’s a little more than 3 miles southwest of the Clovis East campus.

Clovis Unified spokeswoman Kelly Avants confirmed that the five occupants of the minivan are Clovis East students.

CHP said Viriyavong died after he was struck by the minivan just after 7:30 a.m. as Viriyavong was riding westbound on the right shoulder of McKinley. The CHP said a 17-year-old was driving the Toyota behind Viriyavong at an estimated speed of 45 mph when he drifted to the right shoulder and collided with the rear of the bicycle. Viriyavong was thrown from the bike. He died after he was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.

The CHP said neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be a factor in the death. None of the minors in the minivan, all boys, suffered injuries, the CHP said.

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