A man riding a bicycle was hit and killed after apparently veering in front of a truck for an unknown reason near Cuesta College on Wednesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.
The 60-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP is waiting to release his name pending identification by the county coroner and notification of next of kin.
The collision occurred at 1:22 p.m. in the northbound lane of Highway 1 about 100 feet from the Dairy Creek Road intersection.
The man, who had been riding along the right hand shoulder, was struck by a half-ton pickup traveling at 45 miles per hour in the slow lane, CHP Sgt. Danny Koetsier said.
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“We really don’t know why the cyclist veered to the left,” Koestier said. “That’s something we’re looking into.”
The driver of the pickup was not injured and was not arrested for any suspected driving violations.
The incident caused the shut down of the Hollister Road entrance to Cuesta during the afternoon, and drivers were encouraged to use the Education Drive or O’Connor Way entrances to campus.
Dairy Creek Road leads to Dairy Creek Golf Course and El Chorro Park.
The intersection is also the first access road people coming from the south typically use to enter Cuesta College.
It’s unclear if the man had any connection to Cuesta College or was intending to turn left across the highway to enter the college.
Location of crash
Here's a map showing the approximate location of the fatal crash.