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Bicyclist, 64, dies as result of Abilene accident

Published On: Apr 14 2014 11:39:18 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 14 2014 06:13:26 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

A 64-year-old bicyclist has died after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of North 14th and Mockingbird just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

Abilene police said Jesus Tijerina was pronounced dead Sunday night at Hendrick Medical Center, a news release said Monday.

Police say Tijerina was hit by a silver 2006 Ford Taurus driven by a 35-year-old man when Tijerina – riding his bicycle west on North 14th – attempted to cross Mockingbird.

Tijerina, according to the news release, “failed to yield right of way to the Ford Taurus.”

“The driver of the Taurus attempted to avoid the pedalcyclist by braking heavily and swerving to the left,” the news release said. “The driver of the Taurus was unable to avoid the collision, and the right front of the car struck the bicycle and the rider.”

Alcohol and speed of Murphy’s vehicle aren’t believed, at this point, to have been a contributing factor, the release said.

The collision remains under investigation.