A 41-year-old man riding a bicycling in Wisconsin Rapids was killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle about 12:30 Saturday afternoon, according to a release from the local police department.
An updated report issued by police late Monday afternoon identified the cyclist as Shawn Hill, of Wisconsin Rapids. The driver was Emil Taschner, 75, also of Wisconsin Rapids.
According to police, Hill was westbound on the sidewalk on Pepper Ave., crossed into the intersection and was struck by Taschner’s SUV, traveling north on Eight St. South. Taschner had been stopped at a red light, and went through the intersection before the light changed to green, according to the police statement.
The intersection has walk signals activated by pressing a pole-mounted button and witnesses reported the signal was not activated by Hill.
Police requested an accident reconstruction from the Wisconsin State Patrol to complete their investigation.
This is the first bicyclist fatality of 2013 on Wisconsin roads. There were 10 deaths in 2012, according to the Department of Transportation.