Bicyclist killed in Piru crash
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Jose Jimenez Cervantes, 41, of Fillmore died at the scene after being struck by a pickup on Highway 126. The accident was reported at 6:35 p.m. near Howe Road. Cervantes, riding his bicycle eastbound without lights and without a helmet, was struck from behind by a pickup driven by Alberto Velgara, 21, of Piru. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office, Cervantes died of blunt-force chest and abdominal injuries. The CHP closed one lane for approximately 90 minutes after the crash. The incident remains under investigation.