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Man riding large tricycle dies in Petaluma crash

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A man riding a large tricycle died Wednesday afternoon after colliding with a semi-truck on Lakeville Street in southern Petaluma.

The man, whose identity has not yet been released by the county coroner, was struck about 12:15 p.m. in the area of the 1000 block of Lakeville Street near the In-N-Out Burger restaurant, said Lt. Brian Miller of the Petaluma Police Department. The victim died in the impact.

When first responders arrived to calls for a man down on the roadway a few minutes after the collision, they found the man deceased and his adult tricycle with a basket on the back nearby, said Lt. Tim Lyons. Officers learned that witnesses saw two semi-tractor trailer trucks in the area just before the crash, Miller said. He added that witnesses flagged down the two drivers, and that both are cooperating with the investigation.

Petaluma police’s preliminary investigation shows that only one of two semi-trucks struck the victim, Miller said. The victim and the truck were both traveling east on Lakeville Street, toward Highway 101, before the collision.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but Miller said there is no indication that alcohol was a factor.

Police issued an alert soon after the crash, advising drivers to avoid Lakeville Street from Caulfield Lane to Baywood Drive, as the investigation caused some traffic backups and detours for several hours.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Petaluma Police Traffic Officer Mario Giomi at 707-776-3722.

You can reach Staff Writer Chantelle Lee at 707-521-5337 or chantelle.lee@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ChantelleHLee. You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707-521-5412.

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