Police: Cyclist Killed Thursday Attempting to Cross Campbell Avenue

A 56-year-old man was reportedly attempting to cross the road on his bike east of La Pradera Drive when a vehicle struck and killed him around 6:25 p.m.

Updated Friday, 6:22 p.m.: Preliminary reports indicate the car that struck and killed a cyclist Thursday evening was traveling east on Campbell Avenue, Capt. Charley Adams of the Campbell Police Department said, while the cyclist was traveling across the road from south to north. 

"It sounds like he was trying to cross the street," Adams said.

There is no indication the car was traveling at excessive speed, he added. The car is still being processed and witness accounts are being vetted.

A 56-year-old male cyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle around 6:25 p.m. Thursday on Campbell Avenue east of La Pradera Drive, according to Capt. Charley Adams of the .

Officers responded to a report of a traffic collision between a cyclist and a car, Adams said. Upon arrival, officers found the cyclist, in the center of Campbell Avenue.

"Emergency personnel attempted to revive the male but were unsuccessful," Adams said. "He was pronounced dead at the scene."

The cyclist's name has not been released. Adams said the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner/Coroner will release his name once appropriate family members have been notified. His department, pursuant to procedure, will not release the victim's name.

The driver of the vehicle is a 28-year-old man whose identity has also not been released. He remained at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators, Adams said.

Adams also reported the driver of the vehicle has been "very cooperative" with the investigation. He submitted to a voluntary substance test and police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

As of now, few details about the cause of the collision are available.

"We are still investigating the cause of the collision," Adams said. "I don't have enough detail to speculate on the cause."

Adams said investigators with the Campbell Police Major Accident Investigation Team remain on scene to reconstruct the accident in order to determine its cause. Campbell Avenue between San Tomas Aquino Road and Fulton Avenue are closed, Adams said. He expects the road to reopen around midnight.

Traffic is being diverted to Bucknall Avenue.

The collision occured in front of the Kirkwood Plaza Shopping Center, about halfway between San Tomas Aquino Road and Fulton Avenue.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact Sgt. Richard Shipman at (408) 866-2710.

Patch will update this story if and when more information becomes available.

dave July 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I ride that area all the time. La Pradera? That cuts from S.T.A over to Campbell, and runs right into the Nob Hill.(behind Big Lots, etc) Wonder if he was trying to cross. I don't believe there are marked bike lanes once you get west of S.T.A,(it can be a little dicey) but they are marked going eastbound. I might just start using Bucknall from now on.
Michelle Fitzsimmons July 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Somehow this was deleted earlier through the CMS, but just to repost if anyone has info on this collision, please contact Sgt. Richard Shipman at (408) 866-2710.
Paul Ledesma July 27, 2012 at 09:27 PM
It's always very sad when an accident like this happens. And, I'm keen for us to understand the circumstances behind what happended. In so doing, we can look for ways to prevent these kinds of tragic events from happening in the future.
Michelle Fitzsimmons July 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Hi Paul - We'll absolutely bring you all the details of what happened when we can. Not many details are surfacing as the police continue their investigation, but hopefully they'll shed some light on what went down soon.
Mark July 28, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I was there at the scene and I believe the reason for the accident was the sun. It was setting to the west straight down Campbell Ave. When Mr shaffer attempted to cross Campbell Ave. I believe he did not see the car comming and rode out right in front of it. Though I did not see the actual accident I was there within 30 seconds of impact. It was very apparent to me that the driver of the car had little or no time to do anything. This was truely an accident and one with a very sad outcome. R.I.P. Mr Shaffer.


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