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SF Police: Bike Fatality 'A Terrible Tragedy'

July 17, 2014, 5:47 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SF Police: Bike Fatality 'A Terrible Tragedy'

Police say the driver who hit and killed a bicyclist Wednesday was waiting for a break in traffic so she could pull out from a parking lot.

When she did pull out she collided with 22-year-old Natasha Adams who was riding her bike on the sidewalk.

The crash happened just before noon Wednesday near the intersection of 49th Street and Kiwanis Avenue.

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Sioux Falls Police haven't issued any tickets for the crash that pinned Adams under the SUV and as they continue to talk with witnesses they don't believe anyone was doing anything wrong.

"It's a terrible tragedy. A very unfortunate situation and a life was lost because of it," Sioux Falls Police Captain Greg VandeKamp said.

Police don't believe speed was a factor because the SUV was stopped just short of the sidewalk waiting for an opening in traffic and when it pulled out it hit the bicyclist who was riding down the sidewalk.

"You know how it is trying to get out on a busy road. You're paying attention to the traffic, traffic, traffic and you're waiting for that gap. A lot can change in 15 to 20 seconds from one time you look one direction and you look back the other way," VandeKamp said.

Whether it's in a car or on a bike, officers say the crash is a tragic reminder that everyone needs to be paying attention when they are on the streets and sidewalks.

"A cyclist or a pedestrian you never can assume that they see you, or have seen you, because about that time tragedy happens as was in this case," VandeKamp said.

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