Bicyclist on Highway 99 struck, killed in Ceres

local@modbee.comApril 8, 2013 

— A woman riding a bicycle on Highway 99 was killed early Monday in Ceres after she was struck by a vehicle.

About 12:15 a.m., the woman was riding a Schwinn bike north on the freeway just south of Hatch Road in the slow lane.

There were no lights on the bike and the area was poorly lit, said officer Philip DePrater of the California Highway Patrol.

At the same time, Jorge Banuelos of Delhi was driving a Toyota Tacoma about 65 mph northbound and in the same lane.

Banuelos had no time to react and struck the woman on the bike, DePrater said. She was knocked off the bike, run over by the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

It's unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, which remains under investigation.

The identity of the woman won't be released until her family has been notified, DePrater said.

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