Bicyclist dies from injuries in crash

local@modbee.comSeptember 10, 2013 

— A bicyclist hit by a car in west Modesto on Friday has died, police said Tuesday.

Bernabe Lua, 65, of Modesto, was riding a bicycle west on West Hatch Road when he collided with a 2007 Chrysler minivan going in the same direction at the intersection with Boise Avenue.

The accident was reported at 3:55 p..m. Lua was transported to a local hospital where he passed away a few days later. The driver and passengers in the other vehicle did not have any injuries due to the collision. Nobody in the minivan was hurt. It does not appear that Lua was wearing a helmet, police said. Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs was a factor in the collision. Police said in a news release that investigators have not determined fault or cause to this collision has been determined. They ask anyone who saw the accident to call (209) 652-3167.

Authorities said this is Modesto's eighth fatal traffic collision this year and the third within the last 30 days. On Aug. 23, a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of West Orangeburg and College avenues. On Aug. 6, a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of Standiford and Sherwood avenues.

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