2 Californian cyclist brothers hit and killed in southern Utah


Two Californian brothers from southern Utah to compete in a bike race died on Saturday when their bikes were hit by a car. (Viorel Margineanu, Shutterstock)

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WASHINGTON, Washington County – Two Californian brothers from Southern Utah to compete in a bicycle race died Saturday after being hit by a car.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Telegraph Street near Coral Canyon Boulevard.

The cyclists were traveling west on Telegraph Street using the bike lane when they were hit by a Hyundai Genesis traveling in the same direction, Washington Police Lt. Kory Klotz said. The speed the vehicle was traveling at is not yet known, Klotz said, but the posted speed limit was 50 mph.

Witnesses and first responders attempted to save lives on the unresponsive cyclists and both were taken to St. George’s Regional Hospital, where they died, he said. The names, ages and hometowns of the brothers have yet to be released.

The driver of the vehicle, identified only as a “resident” of Washington, was taken into custody. “Arrest and charges will be determined after (a) medical evaluation,” Klotz said in a statement.

The roadway was closed in both directions for about two hours while the crash reconstruction team conducted an investigation, Klotz said.

Any witnesses who have not yet had contact with the Washington Police Department are encouraged to call 435-634-5730.

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