Cyclist killed near Arroyo Grande in morning car crash

Car driver says he was blinded by the sun

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - A female cyclist was killed Friday morning after she was hit by a car near Arroyo Grande.

According to California Highway Patrol, it happened at about 7:30 a.m. when a man driving a grey Subaru hit a woman riding a mountain bike on Corbett Canyon Road near Tiffany Ranch Road, just east of State Route 227.

The driver said he was blinded by the morning sun and did not see the cyclist riding in the middle of the road when he hit her, CHP said. He slammed on the brakes but still hit the woman sending her flying into his windshield and then down onto the pavement, according to CHP.

A doctor who happened to be nearby stopped to help. He performed CPR on the bicyclist until paramedics arrived. Regretfully, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The identity of the deceased woman has not been released but she is described as Caucasian and between 20 and 40 years old, possibly a transient. She was riding the bike while wearing flip-flop sandals. She was not wearing a helmet, CHP said.

The unidentified driver of the Subaru told CHP that he drives to work along Corbett Canyon every day.

No arrests were made. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor. A portion of Corbett Canyon Road will be closed until 10 a.m. The crash remains under investigation.

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