Kevin MacMillan
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September 21, 2007
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Maryland man killed in bicycle versus vehicle collision

A 17-year-old Incline Village man who hit and killed a cyclist early Thursday evening most likely isn't at fault, police officials said Friday.

According to the Washoe County Sheriff's office, Lloyd W. Clarke, a 43-year-old Maryland native, was riding down hill on Country Club Drive at a high rate of speed when a pick up truck driven by the 17 year old pulled into the intersection of Country Club and Village Boulevard. Clarke was unable to stop, and he struck the side of the truck.

Deputies from the Incline Village Substation arrived on scene at about 6:55 p.m. Thursday. Clark was pronounced dead by Careflight medical staff on scene.

The 17 year old's name isn't being released because he is a juvenile.

"He was real cooperative, and we don't expect to have any issues with him," said Brooke Keast, public information officer with Washoe County Sheriff's Department. "It looked like the cyclist was going too fast. It's so hilly up there that sometimes you might not be able to stop."

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the accident, along with Washoe County Forensic Investigation Services.

Capt. Steve Kelly, commander at the Washoe County sheriff's Office Incline Village Substation, said Clark's autopsy was performed Thursday. Kelly said it could take two weeks for a further investigation and a discussion about the accident with the district attorney's office to see if the juvenile could face charges.

"Tentatively, it looks like the cyclist was exceeding the speed limit," Kelly said. "If you know that part of town, you know it's pretty steep there. If speed was the main contributing factor the juvenile most likely isn't to blame."

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 21, 2007 02:03PM Published Sep 21, 2007 02:03PM Copyright 2007 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.