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Highway 1 cyclist hit by car, killed near Bodega Bay

BODEGA BAY — An 85-year-old Southern California man riding a bicycle was struck and killed Thursday by a car on a hairpin curve on Highway 1 near Bodega Bay, authorities said.

The driver told the CHP the cyclist was riding north in the southbound lane and that he veered across the road in front of his northbound car.

David Tryon, 64, of Berkeley told investigators he braked and took evasive action, but his Ford Focus clipped the bicycle before the car crashed into a hillside and overturned, CHP Officer Eric Clary said.

Cyclist Fatality Near Bodega Bay


<CW-18>Tryon suffered minor injuries in the 1:36 p.m. crash between Harbor Way and Bay Hill Road and was "physically upset" about what had happened, Clary said.</CW>

He was cut free of the wreckage and taken to Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol for treatment after making "kind of a slow roll" into the ditch, Bodega Bay Fire Chief Sean Grinnell said. The car's airbags did not deploy.

It's unclear why the cyclist may have been traveling in the wrong lane.

Grinnell said 30- to 40-mph winds may have played a role. There also is an intersecting road on the southbound side where the cyclist could have stopped to rest before crossing back over the highway.

A passer-by attempted CPR on the victim, whose name was not immediately released, but it appeared he died upon impact or soon after, emergency personnel said.

Grinnell said the bicyclist appeared to have multiple traumatic injuries.

The man was visiting Bodega Bay with a cycling group, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said. He said some members of the group went to the crash site.

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