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Morgan Hill bicyclist dies from injuries after being hit in cros

The San Jose Mercury News: Morgan Hill bicyclist dies from injuries after being hit in crosswalk

By Mark Gomez
mgomez@mercurynews.com
Posted: 11/04/2009 12:59:20 PM PST
Updated: 11/04/2009 12:59:21 PM PST

A 22-year-old man who was struck while riding his bicycle through a crosswalk in Morgan Hill has died from his injuries, according to police.

Rory Tomasello of Morgan Hill was riding in a crosswalk located west of Monterey Road and Edmundson Avenue on Oct. 23 when he was struck by a 2004 Cadillac, according to Morgan Hill police. The first officers to arrive found Tomasello conscious and lying in the road. Officers said he appeared disoriented and complained of pain to his leg. He was taken to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, according to police.

On Monday, police learned that Tomasello had died from his injuries.

Tomasello was crossing Edmundson in a marked crosswalk and was halfway across the street when he stopped to wait for oncoming traffic, according to police Sgt. Jerry Neumayer. The driver in the lane closest to Tomasello stopped to allow him to cross, Neumayer said.

As Tomasello proceeded to cross the street, he collided with the Cadillac, which was driven by a 66-year-old woman, police said.

"We’re assuming the other driver did not see him and they collided," Neumayer said.

Witnesses told police that Tomasello was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

No one was cited at the time of the accident, which remains under investigation. Once the investigation is complete, Morgan Hill police will submit the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review of any possible
criminal charges.

Anyone with information regarding this accident is encouraged to contact Morgan Hill police at (408) 779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-STOP (7867).