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Driver describes crash that killed teen bicyclist

Driver describes crash that killed teen bicyclist

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Feb 2, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An 18-year-old bicyclist was killed when his bike swerved into oncoming traffic near Flamingo and Fort Apache on Wednesday night.

The bicyclist was traveling south on Ft. Apache on a crosswalk. He swerved to the right and was clipped by a car, bumped into the middle lane, then fatally struck by an SUV.

"I didnt know what to do; I had to pull over right away and just call medics for him, but it was just terrifying," recalls Julia Rivera, 19, driver of the first car to hit the teen.

Both Rivera and the driver of the SUV, 46-year-old Todd Cooks, did not seem to be at fault, according to Police.

Both cars were traveling northbound on Ft. Apache with a green light and had the right-of-way.

Bikes are considered vehicles in the state of Nevada, which means they must obey all vehicle laws.

Riding your bike in a crosswalk is considered a misdemeanor; therefor bicyclists must walk their bikes across the crosswalk.

Jessica Janner

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