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#1 2009-11-01 12:49:03

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Bicyclist dies in early morning collision on E. Hwy 71

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/ … ly_mo.html

Bike rider dies after early morning collision
By Patrick George | Sunday, November 1, 2009, 09:39 AM

A man is dead after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle early this morning.

Austin Police Lt. Darrell Boydston said the man, whose name and age has not been released, was struck at the 1900 block of East Highway 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Boydston said the collision was accidental and no one is in custody.

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http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Bicyclist+ … +on+Hwy+71

Bicyclist hit, killed on Hwy 71
Victim dies on scene
Updated: Sunday, 01 Nov 2009, 8:30 AM CST
Published : Sunday, 01 Nov 2009, 8:30 AM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - One person was killed while bicycling in the 1900 block of east Hwy 71 early Sunday morning.

A vehicle hit the bicyclist near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Two lanes were closed as a result causing traffic congestion.

Austin Police have few details available on the accident that left the victim dead on the scene. They have not been identified at this time.

http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories/11 … 19e76.html

Bicyclist killed in crash on Hwy. 71
10:59 AM CST on Sunday, November 1, 2009
KVUE News

A bicyclist was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a car.

The crash happened on eastbound Hwy. 71 near ABIA, shutting down traffic on that part of the highway.

Police are not releasing much information about the crash at this time, but say neither speed not alcohol likely played a role in the crash.

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#2 2009-11-01 19:40:57

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Re: Bicyclist dies in early morning collision on E. Hwy 71

A few more details:
http://news8austin.com/content/top_stor … rID=257386

Early Sunday morning collision kills cyclist
11/1/2009 12:11 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

A cyclist was killed early Sunday morning after being hit by a vehicle just north of Austin Bergstrom International Airport on East Highway 71.

The Austin Police Department said the incident happened at about 4:30 a.m., near Thornberry Road.

The collision temporarily closed down eastbound Highway 71, while police investigated.

The identity of the person killed has not been released.

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#3 2009-11-02 00:24:12

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Re: Bicyclist dies in early morning collision on E. Hwy 71

The following doesn't add too much to the story, except to remind Austinites that the Safe Passing ordinance takes effect... tomorrow (Nov 2nd).
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/n … undup.html

...
Bicyclist killed in collision

A man is dead after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle early Sunday.

Police Lt. Darrell Boydston said the man, whose name and age have not been released, was struck in the 1900 block of East Texas 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Boydston said no one was charged in the collision.

Details of what happened in the incident also were not released Sunday.

A City of Austin ordinance requiring car drivers to give cyclists a 3-foot berth when passing — for truck drivers the buffer is 6 feet — takes effect today.
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#4 2009-11-02 16:11:54

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Re: Bicyclist dies in early morning collision on E. Hwy 71

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Cyclist struck, killed Sunday is identified
By Mark Lisheron | Monday, November 2, 2009, 02:11 PM

Austin police have identified a 22-year-old bicyclist who was struck and killed Sunday morning on Texas 71 as Robert Mendez.

Mendez died about 4:30 a.m. after he was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder while riding in a highway exit lane near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Cpl. Scott Perry said.

Poor lighting at the exit might have made it hard for the driver to see Mendez, who was dressed in a black jacket and black pants and was riding a black bicycle without lights, Perry said.

The driver stopped after the crash and cooperated with investigators, Perry said, and no charges are expected to be filed. The case, however, remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about Austin's 55th fatality of the year is asked to call 974-4742.

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