FAIRFIELD — Authorities have identified the bicyclist killed Wednesday by a hit-and-run driver along Putah Creek Road.
Dan Taylor, 71, of Alamo, was pedaling eastbound on the two-lane country road about a mile east of Interstate 505 around 5 p.m. when he was struck head-on by an unidentified vehicle that crossed into the oncoming lane while speeding at 55 to 60 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Taylor was warming up for a nearby timed interval bicycle race when he was run down. He suffered multiple internal and head injuries from the impact and was found shortly after the crash in the dirt of a roadside orchard.
CHP investigators found evidence that the vehicle that struck Taylor is light-colored with front-end damage, including broken light lenses. They believe the vehicle struck a tree in the orchard before fleeing the scene toward Winters.
Anyone with information about a vehicle with that type of recent damage or with details about the crash can contact the CHP at 428-2100.
Taylor was not just an avid cyclist, he was a top national cycling competitor. He recently was riding for Team Hammer Nutrition. Taylor was a father and grandfather and won second place in the time trial National Championships in Bend, Ore., in September 2013. Taylor covered the 38.8-mile road course to Mount Bachelor in 2 hours, 14 minutes, according to USA Cycling.
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