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April 21, 2014

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18-year-old bicyclist killed in accident

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A crash involving two vehicles and a bicycle killed an 18-year-old Wednesday night in the western valley, Metro Police reported.

The accident happened at 8:27 p.m. at the intersection of Fort Apache and Flamingo roads, police said.

The male bicyclist, who has not been identified, was traveling south on Fort Apache Road in an east crosswalk at the intersection, police said. Meanwhile, a 2010 Toyota Scion TC and 1999 Ford Explorer were traveling north on Fort Apache Road, entering the intersection on a green light, authorities said.

The bicyclist apparently swerved to the right and entered the path of the Toyota, which clipped the rear tire of the BMX bicycle he was riding, police said.

The contact propelled the rider into the middle travel lane on Fort Apache Road and into path of the Ford, police said. The Ford Explorer couldn’t stop and ran over the teen, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The 19-year-old female driver of the Toyota, her two passengers and the 46-year-old man driving the Ford Explorer were not injured, police said. It was unclear why the bicyclist veered into the oncoming traffic.

The accident marked the ninth traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year.

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