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April 8, 2014

Modesto police searching for clues into bicyclist’s death

Police are looking for anyone who saw a bicyclist before he suffered fatal internal injuries in southeast Modesto on Saturday morning.

Police are looking for anyone who saw a bicyclist before he suffered fatal internal injuries in southeast Modesto on Saturday morning.

Randall Cole, 56, of Modesto rode his bicycle to the Shell gas station at 3401 Yosemite Blvd. at 7:10 a.m. and told a clerk he needed help and to call an ambulance, said Officer Scott Nelson.

He said Cole had a few scrapes and bruises but no major visible injuries and his bicycle was not damaged. Cole lost consciousness in the ambulance and died at the hospital before he was able to tell anyone what had happened to him.

He died of a lacerated spleen, presumably from some type of impact, but investigators do not know what.

“We know for sure there were no gunshot wounds or stab wounds,” Nelson said. “We don’t know if he fell off his bike or another bicyclist hit him or if he swerved off the roadway to avoid a car.”

A comprehensive investigation into Cole’s death has begun but is in the early stages, Nelson said. Witness statements and physical evidence at the scene will be evaluated before the role of any crash or the cause of death can be determined.

Anyone with information about Cole or who may have witnessed anything unusual in the area about that time is encouraged to contact traffic Officer Jim Reeves at (209) 652-3296.

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a message to 274637; type “TIP704” along with the message.

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