Officials in Orange County report that a 70-year-old female bicyclist was struck and killed in Irvine on Monday, May 18th.
According to the story appearing on the Orange County Register website, both the Irvine Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority responded to the scene of the crash at Portola Parkway and the 261 Toll Road. Officials say that the collision involving a bicyclist and a Mercedes Benz ML350.
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Emergency responders arrived at the scene. According to a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Orange County Fire Authority, the bicyclist died at the scene of the crash. Her identity was initially withheld pending notification of family members. Authorities later identified the victim as Linda Smythe.
The driver of the Mercedes remained at the scene of the fatal accident and was in full cooperation with Irvine Police. So far, investigators have determined that neither drug nor alcohol impairment played any role in the crash.
Traffic around the area of Portola Parkway was redirected while the California Highway Patrol and Irvine Police Department conducted its investigations of the crash.
The crash is still currently under investigation. The Irvine Police Department is asking anyone with any information about the fatal crash to contact Motor Officer Mark Bergstrom directly at (949) 724-7212 extension 2046.