Coro­ner IDs bi­cy­clist killed on I-280

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mark Gomez [email protected]­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.

SAN JOSE — A bi­cy­clist who was killed try­ing to ride across the south­bound lanes of In­ter­state 280 near the High­way 101 in­ter­change last week was iden­ti­fied by the Santa Clara County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner-Coro­ner’s Of­fice as 27-year-old Juan Perez Lopez.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened about 9:45 p.m. Nov. 28, be­fore heavy rain as­so­ci­ated from last week’s big storm be­gan to fall, CHP Of­fi­cer Ross Lee pre­vi­ously told this news agency.

Wit­nesses told the CHP they saw Perez Lopez climb over a guardrail from the right shoul­der, lift his bike over the guardrail and start to ride across the lanes of traf­fic, to­ward the me­dian, Lee said.

Perez Lopez im­me­di­ately was hit by a woman driv­ing a black Acura, Lee said. He was thrown from his bi­cy­cle and landed in the gore point, the white lines sep­a­rat­ing I-280 from the ramp to south­bound High­way 101.

“She tried to avoid him but couldn’t,” Lee said.

The woman pulled over and co­op­er­ated with CHP of­fi­cers, Lee said. The woman was not un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs, the CHP added.

Perez Lopez, who was pro­nounced de­ceased at the scene, was home­less, au­thor­i­ties said.

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