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Bicyclist Fatally Struck in Hwy 174 Crash near Red Frog Bar in Colfax

Colfax, CA — Early Thursday morning, June 27, 2024, a collision north of Colfax on Highway 174 resulted in a bicyclist’s death, according to The Sacramento Bee. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that the incident happened at approximately 1:52 AM between Hill Drive and the Red Frog Bar.

The bicyclist, a man in his mid-30s, was either stopped or riding slowly in the middle of the road when he was struck by a pickup truck. Following the collision, the bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. The CHP confirmed that neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been factors in this tragic incident.

Duty of Care Toward Bicyclists

Drivers owe a “Duty of Care” to bicyclists regardless of where they encounter them. This legal obligation arises from the fact that bicyclists have less protection while navigating alongside heavier and faster vehicles like cars, trucks, and SUVs. Motorists are required by law to be vigilant on the roads, in all mirrors and blind spots, for any nearby riders. Drivers must be prepared to brake to avoid any potential collisions.

Moreover, drivers must immediately stop in the event of a collision to seek prompt medical attention for the bicyclist or pedestrian. Staying at the scene, activating hazard lights, and blocking traffic can also help prevent further harm by reducing the risk of the victim being struck by oncoming motorists who might not see an injured bicyclist on the road.

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