A bicyclist was killed Monday evening after being hit by a car in rural Stanislaus County.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at 6:10 p.m. on Fulkerth Road near Bystrum Road west of Turlock. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified the bicyclist as Jose C. Borges, 39, of Hilmar. Burges was riding west on Fulkerth in the westbound lane.
Diane Medina, 34, of Patterson was driving a 2010 GMC in the same direction, going 55 to 60 mph as she approached the bicyclist, who was wearing a black sweat shirt and jeans. Medina didn’t see Borges until he was just ahead of her and she could not brake in time, the CHP said. The right front of the GMC hit him.
Borges was thrown from the bicycle, landing on the right shoulder of the road.
Mayra Hernandez, 28, of Newman was driving a 2004 Honda west on Fulkerth. As she approached the site, she saw the GMC slowing to a stop. She didn’t see the bicycle lying in the westbound lane. The Honda hit the bicycle and dragged it 100 feet until Hernandez could come to a stop.
A passing motorist stopped and helped remove the bicycle from underneath the Honda. The drivers then returned to the site of the original incident and found Borges. Emergency crews responded and performed lifesaving measures, but he succumbed to his injuries.
The incident remains under investigation. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to have been a factor, the CHP said.