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Coroner Identifies Cyclist Killed in Vehicle Collision

by Bay City News

A man who was struck and killed by a vehicle while bicycling in Antioch Wednesday evening has been identified as 70-year-old Dave Combs Jr. Combs, of Antioch.

Combs was bicycling when at about 5:40 p.m. he was struck at the intersection of West 18th Street and Auto Center Drive. Police and emergency medical personnel responded to the area upon hearing a report of the crash and found Combs lying on the ground suffering from head and leg wounds, police said.

Combs was transported to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to police. Police said witnesses reported that Combs was riding north on Auto Center Drive and was crossing the intersection of West 18th Street against a red light when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Witnesses told investigators that the driver, identified by police as a 21-year-old Antioch man, was traveling west on West 18th Street through a green light when he struck Combs, police said.

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the police investigation. Police have not confirmed whether he was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Anyone with information about the collision is encouraged to contact Antioch police at (925) 779-6894 or text an anonymous tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword ANTIOCH.
Louise B. January 19, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Many bicyclists don't believe in following the rules of the road. This is what happens.
whimz January 19, 2014 at 05:42 PM
my condolences to the family. I'm so sorry the 21 yr old has this on his or her head the rest of their life as a horrific memory.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 19, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Many vehicle drivers don't follow the rules of the road.
Louise B. January 19, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Vanessa, yes, it's true, many auto drivers don't follow the rules either. However, it is much more difficult to see a bicyclist who is whizzing through an intersection. Also, the bicyclist has NO protection as do those drivers in vehicles. If anything, they need to be much more observant.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 22, 2014 at 03:51 PM
True. Helmets aren't quite as hard as a car door.

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