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Police identify elderly bicyclist hit and killed in Midvale

By Linda Williams and Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com | Updated - Feb 12th, 2019 @ 1:03pm | Posted - Feb 12th, 2019 @ 6:34am


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MIDVALE — Police identified an elderly bicyclist who was hit and killed in Midvale Monday night, police said.

Harold D. Phillips, 86, was riding a bike through a side street when he crossed Center Street and collided with a vehicle eastbound on Center Street near 400 West, Unified Police Lt. Paul Barker said.

Investigators say the vehicle had the right of way. There was a stop sign on the side street, but police didn't know if Phillips stopped, Barker said.

"Even if he had stopped for the stop sign, some sort of accident occurred," Barker said. "Even if you have the right of way, (as a bicyclist), you need to slow down and be extra careful. If you get hit by a car on a bike, you're probably going to lose."

Phillips was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and had reflective tape on his bike spokes, according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray. He was also wearing an orange vest but had a black coat on over the vest and was dressed in dark clothing. A witness told police Phillips was also carrying a flashlight at the time of the crash.

The driver and a witness are cooperating with investigators.

Contributing: Steve Breinholt, KSL TV

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