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Expert witness review slowing investigation of Clovis cyclist’s death

A “ghost bike” is decorated with photos of Patrick TeNyenhuis, who was killed while riding his bicycle in Clovis in April, along the “Ride of Silence” route that honors the memories of cyclists killed by automobiles, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Fresno.
A “ghost bike” is decorated with photos of Patrick TeNyenhuis, who was killed while riding his bicycle in Clovis in April, along the “Ride of Silence” route that honors the memories of cyclists killed by automobiles, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Fresno. sflores@fresnobee.com

Progress in the investigation of Clovis bicyclist Patrick TeNyenhuis’ death in April has stalled while an expert witness reviews the case and determines if the District Attorney’s Office can file felony charges, the Clovis Police Department said.

“This case has not gone dormant,” police Chief Matt Basgall said. “The issue we’re having is proving a felony case occurred. In this case, the bicyclist was absolutely doing nothing wrong and was unfortunately struck by a motorist.”

Basgall expects another three to four weeks will pass before the information is reviewed and the district attorney makes a decision about charging the driver. There may be more than one review, he said.

“There are a lot of people in the bicycling community that are upset,” Basgall said. “When something happens, they really get together and bond together, and want to see justice done.”

TeNyenhuis was killed at Shaw Avenue east of Leonard Avenue in Clovis while on an early-morning ride.

Clovis police received a report shortly after 6 a.m. April 20 that a Toyota sedan rear-ended a cyclist, who was knocked down onto the side of the road along Shaw Avenue. The vehicle’s driver, who stopped on the south side of Shaw Avenue, was later released after cooperating with police.

JoAnna Kroeker: 559-441-6247, @jobethkroeker

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