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Bicyclist fatally struck by DUI driver identified as Modesto man

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Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased in California in 2016, according to an Office of Traffic Safety report.

A bicyclist struck by a suspected drunk driver in Riverbank on Thursday has been identified as 70-year-old Modesto resident Jack Douglas Higgs.

Higgs was riding his bicycle on the east side of Claus Road near California Street around 11:30 a.m. when a northbound motorist swerved right and hit him.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies evaluated the driver, 24-year-old Jordan Pomares-Boeh, of Oakdale, at the scene. He was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing death.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the collision.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward

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