Cy­clist killed, woman in­jured near Slabs

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY RICHARD MON­TENE­GRO BROWN Staff Writer

SLAB CITY — A 25-year-old male bi­cy­clist was killed and a 23-year-old woman be­ing towed by him su ered a par­tial am­pu­ta­tion of her leg when they were hit by a pickup on Beal Road, some­where in the vicin­ity of The Range stage here Wed­nes­day night, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

The man who died was a res­i­dent of Ti­tusville, Fla. High­way Pa­trol o cials do know his iden­tity but his next of kin had not been con­tacted yet.

He ap­par­ently died at the scene from blunt force trauma when he smashed into the wind­shield of the pickup, High­way Pa­trol Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion O cer Javier Amezcua said.

The woman, iden­ti­fied as Tay­lor Bing McCready of Grants Pass, Ore., su ered the par­tial am­pu­ta­tion as well as a frac­ture to her right arm and a lac­er­a­tion to her face. She was be­ing towed in a cart of some sort by the bi­cy­clist with her dog be­side her. The dog was killed in the col­li­sion. Amezcua said McCready was trans­ported to Desert Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter by he­li­copter.

The driver of the pickup was Ken­neth Riggs, 39, of Ni­land, who Amezcua said was driv­ing at a rate of speed of 50 mph when the col­li­sion oc­curred. He was be­lieved to ac­tu­ally be driv­ing un­der the speed limit at the time of the ac­ci­dent. He was not ar­rested, and drugs nor al­co­hol were thought to be in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

The ac­ci­dent was re­ported to Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol at 7:52 p.m.

Amezcua, who said Riggs was trav­el­ing east on Beal Road, said it ap­peared to be a sit­u­a­tion where the bi­cy­clist might have been on the wrong side of the road when the col­li­sion oc­curred.

Amezcua said Riggs might have been on his way to his brother’s aid at the time of the in­ci­dent. It ap­pears Im­pe­rial County sher­iff’s deputies were in­volved in a short pur­suit with an­other man by the last name of Riggs who had a firearm in his pos­ses­sion. No other in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on how the cases might be con­nected.

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