Vehicle strikes, kills bicyclist on Corbett Canyon Road

A bicyclist was struck and killed on Highway 227 on Friday morning.
A bicyclist was struck and killed on Highway 227 on Friday morning.

A female bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday morning on Corbett Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Lacey Tanner Redd, 38, of San Luis Obispo was riding east on Corbett Canyon Road near Highway 227 when she was struck from behind at 7:30 a.m. by a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek driven by 47-year-old Bryan Coddington, who told police he didn’t see Redd until the last second because the sun was in his eyes.

Coddington estimated his speed at 50 mph as he attempted to brake the vehicle.

Motorist Kim Kekaha said she came upon the accident while other good Samaritans were performing CPR on Redd. Kekaha said she helped do traffic control while awaiting the arrival of first responders.

Emergency responders closed Corbett Canyon Road on both ends for approximately three hours while CHP investigators worked the scene. CHP spokesman Jordan Richards said Redd had no identification on her, and the coroner had to identify her by her fingerprints. The cause of the accident remains under investigation; Richards said no arrest was made.

Friday’s collision is the latest in a series of cyclist fatalities in San Luis Obispo County in recent years.

It comes more than a month after Cal Poly student Kennedy Love was struck and killed while riding his bike on Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

Other recent fatalities include Joe Martell, killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Old Creek Road east of Highway 1, near Cayucos in December of 2016; Bridget Dawson, wife of Cal Poly Dean Scott Dawson, struck and killed by a vehicle while riding a bike on Highway 227 in July 2016; and Thomas Stone, a Cal Poly student struck by a train while attempting to ride his bike across the tracks at the Foothill Boulevard, California Boulevard rail crossing in February 2016.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler