The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department coroner identified the cyclist on Tuesday morning as 39-year-old Jose Borjes. The coroners were unable to identify his residency at this time.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 6:10 p.m. Monday evening when Borjes was heading westbound on Fulkerth Road. The report states Borjes was riding near the north roadway edge and was wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans.
Diane Medina, 34, of Patterson was driving a 2010 GMC in the same direction, going 55 to 60 mph as she approached the bicyclist. The report states Medina didn’t see the bicyclist until it was a short distance away and accidentally struck the rider. The right front of the GMC collided with Borjes’ bicycle, throwing him in a northwesterly direction onto the right shoulder.
The GMC stopped alongside the westbound lane of Fulkerth Road.
Additionally, Mayra Hernandez, 38, of Newman was driving a 2004 Honda west on Fulkerth several hundred yards behind the GMC. Hernandez noticed the abrupt halt in traffic and pulled to the shoulder just west of the collision. She did not see the bicycle, as her attention was on the GMC at that time. The Honda struck the bicycle and drug it a few hundred feet until she was able to come to a stop in the westbound lane.
The report indicates that a passing motorist stopped and helped remove the bicycle from underneath the Honda. The drivers returned to the original accident site and found Borjes. Emergency crews responded and attempted lifesaving measures, but Borjes sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. The collision remains under investigation. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor, CHP said.
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