Truckee man, 53, dies after apparent bicycle accident near Donner Lake
TRUCKEE, Calif. – A 53-year-old local man died Friday after an apparent bicycling accident on Old Highway 40 near Donner Lake, according to the Truckee Police Department.
Police found the man – identified Sunday afternoon as Truckee resident Larry Sage, according to the Associated Press – 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.”
Sage retired as director of the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health in 2005 after 15 years with department, according to a previous Sierra Sun story. Among his passions were nature photography and being a backcountry guide.
Truckee police initially reported the man was 47 years old.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Truckee Police Sgt. Robert Womack at 530-550-2323.