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Man dead following bicyclist-vehicle crash in Spokane construction zone

A 56-year-old man was riding his bicycle northbound on Havana Street sometime between noon and 12:30 p.m. and entered a construction zone.
Spokane Police Department is investigating a fatal crash involving a truck and a bicyclist. The road remains closed near Havana and Boone.

SPOKANE, Wash. — A man is dead following a bicyclist and vehicle collision in Spokane on Tuesday, according to the Spokane Police Department.

A 56-year-old man, whose identity has not been released to the public, was riding his bicycle northbound on Havana Street sometime between noon and 12:30 p.m. and entered a construction zone near the intersection of Havana and Boone Avenue.

Havana was shutdown to northbound traffic because of the road construction. Police said the bicyclist passed a series of cones, a sign saying the roadway was closed and a flagger at the intersection directing traffic.

At the same time the bicyclist was heading north into the construction zone, police said the flagger was waving a semi-truck, which was also traveling north, to make a right-hand turn into the parking lot. As the truck made the turn, the bicyclist collided into the back of the truck.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man laying in the roadway. Lifesaving attempts were made, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers were able to interview witnesses and review surveillance video of the incident. Police said the driver of the truck did not appear to be impaired at the time of the crash and speed did not seem to be a factor.

Police did come across a helmet at the scene, but it was on the ground. It is unknown if the bicyclist had the helmet securely strapped.

Police have not cited the driver of the truck with any infractions as of Tuesday.

This is an ongoing investigation.