Bicyclist struck and killed during late night crash in Fishers

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Investigators at scene on Aug. 30, 2016

FISHERS, Ind. — A bicyclist died in Fishers after a car struck and killed him late Tuesday night.

The man was going east on 126th Street and attempting to cross State Road 37 when it happened. Police said a Chevrolet Tahoe struck the man first; a Honda Accord then hit him. Police identified the man Wednesday morning as Elias Rios Bonilla, 26.

Police said it appeared Bonilla had a red light while southbound and northbound traffic had a green light.

The driver of the Tahoe said he saw the bicycle just before impact and veered right to avoid it but was too late. The Tahoe came to rest in a ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection. The impact sent Bonilla flying into the intersection, police said. The driver of the Accord said he was going south on 37 when he saw the Tahoe in the ditch; the other driver was out of his vehicle and waving his arms to get help. The driver of the Accord didn’t see Bonilla lying in the road until it was too late and hit him.

Police said it didn’t appear alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the case.

Certain areas of the road are dark at night, and that may have been a factor in the crash.

“Riding a bicycle at night is definitely a dangerous venture to take,” said Sgt. Wayne Druelinger with Fishers police. “If people are going to be out on their bikes at night, especially in an unlit area, we just ask to use caution, wear the proper safety equipment – very reflective outer wear, helmets, stuff like that.”

This isn’t the first fatal crash in the vicinity. In July, a woman was hit by two cars and killed at 131st Street and State Road 37, about a half-mile north of Tuesday night’s crash. In September 2015, a woman died after being struck just up the road at the 135th Street intersection.

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