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Police Seek Witnesses After Berkeley Cyclist Killed Near Campus

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed Friday's fatal crash in downtown Berkeley to call the Berkeley Police Department's non-emergency line at 510-981-5900.

Police are looking for witnesses to a crash in downtown Berkeley on Friday that killed a local cyclist. 

Around 3:40 p.m., police received a report that a cyclist had been injured at Bancroft Way and Fulton Street, said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department. 

Kusmiss said a group of community members found the cyclist, who was wearing a helmet, lying in the roadway on Bancroft west of Fulton. 

Bystanders flagged down two EMTs passing by in an ambulance to administer CPR until police and firefighters arrived. Berkeley Fire Department paramedics then tended to the cyclist.

The man, identified as a 65- or 66-year-old Berkeley resident on his way home from work, was taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Just after the accident, a Good Samaritan pursued a man driving a white dump truck that some community members believed may have been involved in the collision, and got him to return to the scene. 

The drump truck driver told police he was not aware that anything had happened, and cooperated fully with the police investigation, said Kusmiss. As of 8 p.m. Friday, police were not planning to take the man into custody. 

Friday night, Berkeley's Fatal Accident Investigation Team had closed off Durant between Fulton and Shattuck Avenue to collect evidence. 

Kusmiss said police had obtained videos from nearby surveillance cameras and would use them to look for details about the crash. 

She said police are eager to find answers to what happened to the cyclist, and ask any community members who may have seen the crash on Friday to call the Berkeley Police Department's non-emergency line at 510-981-5900.

Kusmiss said, unlike in many crashes where witnesses are available to share details with police about exactly what happened, no one had come forward who had seen the cyclist get hit.

Kusmiss said the man's closest family member had been notified, and she had requested that police hold off on releasing his identify pending notification of out-of-town relatives. 

If there's something in this article you think , or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at albany@patch.com.

John Doh! July 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Such a sad story. Gary's comment reminds me of a runner who was sprinting through the crossWALK, then screamed at me because I didn't see him even though I had stopped and looked in both directions. Doh! Runners should remember that they are moving much faster than a walker. Runners need to be very careful at intersections. Another tip, in the early morning, run on the east side of the street, at dusk, run on the west side. That puts a whole intersection between you and a driver who has the sun shining in their eyes.
Kathy A. July 15, 2012 at 02:12 AM
SFgate is reporting that the bicyclist has died, and they have not found witnesses to what exactly happened: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Israeli-man-killed-on-bike-in-Berkeley-3707281.php
Annie Organ July 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
I feel so sorry for this gentleman's loved ones. Thank you very much for posting this story here. Perhaps one of the many UCBerkeley employees who live in our town might shed some light on what happened...Iwe are part of a larger community. As I come home nightly from my job at Cal I worry for the drivers and cyclists who seem so unaware of the dangers they present to each other. Then, you add in the equally unaware pedestrians and it's a wonder we don't hear of more of these tragic stories.
Amy Smolens July 17, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Please pick up some of these simple vinyl "Check for Bikes" clings to help you and others remember to look for cyclists when you are driving. Go to www.checkforbikes.org to help make our roads safer for everyone. Thanks.
Emilie Raguso December 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
We have the update on Berkeleyside: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2012/12/26/dump-truck-collision-did-not-kill-visiting-israeli-professor

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