Rodney Smith of Portola Valley -- who with his wife, Mary, was a major donor to the town's open-space preservation efforts -- was killed Friday morning while cycling on Sand Hill Road when he was struck by a car driven by an elderly Woodside man.
Smith, 67, was cycling on Sand Hill just west of Interstate 280 at about 9:40 a.m. when the accident occurred, the California Highway Patrol reported. Both vehicles were eastbound.
Paramedics from the Menlo Park and Woodside fire protection districts treated Smith at the scene, but he was pronounced dead at 10:05 a.m., the CHP said. The driver, who the CHP said is in his 80s, was not injured. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified Smith Friday afternoon.
Smith retired from positions as CEO and president of San Jose-based Altera Corp., a maker of programmable computer chips, according to an archived version of the company's Web site.
In 2000, the Smiths gave $1 million to Portola Valley's Open Space Fund in an effort to clean up litter in the town. Smith was responsible for the "no littering" signs that are at the entrances to the town, according to Nancy Thompson, who has been on the Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee since the late 1990s.
The CHP report did not include information such as whether Smith was wearing a helmet or the speed of the vehicles. The CHP is asking witnesses to call Officer McDonough at 369-6261.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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