UPDATE: Man fatally struck while pushing electric bicycle in Redding ID’d
UPDATED: Thursday, April 15, 1:45 p.m., With coroner’s release of victim’s name.
Originally Published: Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.
REDDING, Calif. –Authorities say a man pushing an electric bicycle was fatally struck by a car in the area of North Market Street, south of Caterpillar Road in Redding early Tuesday morning, April 13.
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City of Redding Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 5:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a fatal traffic collision involving a vehicle and bicyclist, Redding Police Officer James Stark has since reported.
When officials arrived they confirmed the victim, since identified as 36-year-old, Gerald Michael Webb of French Gulch, California, suffered major traumatic injuries and had already succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.
“Based on statements and evidence located at the scene, the driver of a 2010 Toyota Prius was traveling southbound on North Market Street south of Caterpillar Road when she struck a pedestrian who was in the roadway, walking his motorized bicycle,” Stark said.
“Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision, and the driver of the Prius was wearing her seat belt,” Stark continued.
Southbound Market Street remained closed for most of the morning while officials worked at the scene.
The full cause of the traffic collision is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about this investigation or who witnessed the deadly collision and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R023937 and can remain anonymous.
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