The accident that killed a Los Altos Hills bicyclist on Alpine Road in November occurred after the bicyclist "unsafely turned" on the road and toppled in front of a truck, according to a report released this week by the California Highway Patrol.
According to the report, tractor-trailer driver Gabriel Manzur Vera was driving westbound on Alpine, preparing to get on southbound Interstate 280 when he struck Lauren Ward, 47, of Los Altos Hills. Ward was reportedly riding her bicycle westbound just to the left of the truck when she made a turn and fell on the right side of the bike.
The truck then collided with Ward, hitting her in the head and killing her instantly, according to the report.
The Nov. 4 crash was the third fatal collision involving Vera. Like the other two, he appeared to be not at fault, according to the CHP. Vera told the police he turned on his right-turn signal in preparation of getting on to I-280 and was looking at his right rear-view mirror for two to three seconds but didn't see anyone there.
He then "looked forward and then heard a bump," the report states. He exited his vehicle, saw the downed bicyclist and called police. Vera, 44, told police he did not see Ward or her bike at any time before the collision.
The CHP said Ward was riding the bicycle at an "undetermined speed" before she fell immediately to the left of the truck. The truck dragged Ward and her bicycle before coming to a stop.
The CHP report also stated that the truck has no mechanical defects, but was "700 pounds over weight for incorporated San Mateo County roads without proper permit."
Vera, who works for the Monterey-based contractor Randazzo Enterprises, was reportedly on his way back from Menlo Park when the crash occurred. He was also involved in fatal accidents in 2003 and in 2007. In both cases he was found to be not at fault.