Santa Clara Cyclist Dies After San Tomas Expressway Crash

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – A bicyclist died early Wednesday morning from injuries he suffered in a collision with a car in Santa Clara late Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officers responded to reports of the collision on the corner of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday.

A Toyota Camry was traveling north on the San Tomas Expressway when he saw the bicyclist crossing the road in a crosswalk at Monroe Street, according to the CHP.

The driver of the Toyota had a green light and tried to brake to avoid colliding with the bicyclist, but was unsuccessful.

The bicyclist, an 18-year-old San Jose resident, suffered severe injuries and was transported to Valley Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital around 12:45 a.m.

The driver of the Toyota stopped and cooperated with investigators, who blocked off Monroe Street for several hours. Alcohol or drugs is not suspected to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP.

The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet, CHP officers said.

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