CHP Looks For Witnesses In Fatal Big Rig – Bike Collision

The California Highway Patrol is still looking for leads in solving a case where a 47-year-old woman lost her life after her bicycle collided with a big rig last week near Stanford University.

While her husband and two teenage children mourn, there have been no witnesses with strong information about what happened even though CHP officers have the truck driver’s statement, according to the Contra Costa Times. The paper describes the fatal accident, noting:

Both Ward and the big rig were traveling west toward the Interstate 280 underpass near Portola Valley when her pink Trek bicycle and the 26-wheeler collided.

Only three potential witnesses have contacted the CHP since the collision, but it doesn’t appear any of them actually saw the crash, said CHP Officer Art Montiel. They witnessed the aftermath of the collision, he noted.

A CHP investigator interviewed two of the witnesses Tuesday and is still trying to contact the third.

With a dearth of information about what caused the incident, San Mateo officials are discussing how to make the roadway safer for both bicyclists and motorists. A group of biking advocates and government officials argued that changes need to be made to make the roadway less dangerous.

“I think there needs to be paint on the roadway that instructs both motorists and cyclists as to what’s going on and where to expect cyclists to be and where to expect motorists to be,” former Menlo Park Mayor Steve Schmidt told the newspaper.

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