TRUCKEE, Calif. — A 57-year-old local man died Friday after an apparent bicycling accident during a group ride on Old Highway 40 near Donner Lake.
Police found the man — identified Sunday afternoon as Truckee resident Larry Sage — near the South Shore Drive intersection, west of Donner Summit, at about 9:35 a.m.
He suffered “massive head injuries” despite wearing a helmet, according to a report from police. He was declared dead upon arrival at a Reno hospital. No one else was hurt in the single-bicycle accident.
According to a report by the Reno Gazette-Journal, two officers working the investigation Friday patched a pothole within several hundred feet of the accident scene.
“I can tell you that there is a pothole near the scene of the accident,” Truckee Police Sgt. Allen McKay told the newspaper. “Whether that pothole was involved has not been determined yet.”
In a Monday phone interview, Truckee Police Capt. Rob Leftwich said the investigation continues.
“We’re still talking with a few witness, riding partners of his who were near him but did not see the actual cause,” Leftwich said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Truckee Police Sgt. Robert Womack at 530-550-2323.
Sage retired as director of the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health in 2006 after 15 years with department, according to a previous Sierra Sun story.
While there, Sage played a key role in the development and refinement of various programs, officials said, including working with land-use planners on the west side of the county and on West Nile virus abatement.
Another project Sage spearheaded was installation of computer software for the county, allowing the environmental health department to, among other things, track complaints and post county restaurant inspections on the Internet.
“Larry was a man of honor and integrity like no other person we know,” said Truckee resident Carla Beebe, via the Sierra Sun’s Facebook page.
Aside from cycling, Sage’s passions included nature photography and being a backcountry guide, according to previous Sun reports.