1/23/2019 6:15a Victim 66 y.o. male Peter Bergsneider. In the area of College and Curry. It must have been near the intersection because of the mention they were struck next to a left turn lane. One unconfirmed report is that it was eastbound Curry at College, and another unconfirmed report states “the driver was allegedly texting”.
If that report plus the description released by police, below, is accurate, it would be sortof an odd/unusual position for a bicyclist to be in, being in Lane 1 as there is another through lane (lane 2) plus a designated bike lane; though of course there are a variety of reasons a cyclist might be using lane 1, like preparing to turn left, or if lane 2 was obstructed for whatever reason.
This is a signalized intersections; no mention of who had what light.
It would have been dark at that time.
Tempe PD (apparently, privately; it never as far as i could tell was posted on TPD’s facebook, or twitter, or anywhere I could find) released this statement that Lauren Kuby shared through facebook, and added later on her LaurenKubyForCouncil identity’s post that “The investigation is pending, but the driver was allegedly texting.”
“We wanted to advise you that today at approximately 6:15 am, Tempe Police and Tempe Fire Medical Rescue responded to the area of College and Curry for the report of a vehicle vs bicycle <a-word redacted> that occurred. The bicyclist was in the first through lane next to the left turn lane when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. The vehicle remained on scene.
The adult male bicyclist coded on scene and was transported to an area hospital where the medical staff was able to find a pulse for him. He was transferred into surgery where he eventually died from his injuries.
Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this incident. The victim is an adult male in his mid 60s. The investigation is ongoing.”
Tempe PD, please #crashnotaccident.
There have been eight, including this latest one, fatal bike-MV crashes since 2009; see a detailed list of all Tempe fatal bicycle collisions since 2009. This would be the only one of those that involve a strike-from-behind.
The incident was apparently never reported in the news media.