California Cyclist Dies in Kansas During Cross-Country Race

Cyclist killed in crash near Leoti

Cyclist killed in crash near Leoti

Eric Fishbein, 61, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., was pronounced dead after the Trek bicycle he was riding along K-96 east of Leoti was hit from behind by a 2014 Honda Accord being driven by a 25-year-old Hays woman.

61-year-old Eric Fishbein of San Luis Obispo California was headed east on his mountain bike when a passing vehicle hit him from behind.

The crash happened about 10:10 p.m. on K-96, a highway in western Kansas, the station said.

A passenger in the Honda, Jesus Antonio Castillo, 27, also was reported possibly injured and was transported to Wichita County Health Center. Kaden Alejandro Castillo, 2, of Scott City was a passenger in the auto and was uninjured. Some will keep pedalling, some will go home.

Fishbein was participating in the Trans Am Bike Race, a 4,300 mile self-supported road bike race from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va., according to a post on the race Facebook page.

Fishbein's death comes less than three months after that of a past victor of the Trans Am Bike Race, British ultracyclist Mike Hall.

A rider has been killed while competing in the Trans Am ultra-endurance race across America.

Last year's victor, Lael Wilcox, finished the course in 18 days and 10 minutes.

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