A University of California, Davis chemistry professor emeritus died after she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle on a rural road in Yolo County.
Marilyn Olmstead, 77, of Davis died in the collision with the car Wednesday morning, according to the Yolo County Coroner’s Office.
The fatal crash was reported shortly after 10 a.m. just north of North Davis Farms Road and east of Highway 113, the California Highway Patrol Woodland Office reported. Olmstead was riding the bicycle west on a private road.
A 31-year-old Davis man was driving a 2002 Ford Focus about 40 to 45 mph and heading north on County Road 100A, also known as Sycamore Lane.
The CHP said Olmstead moved onto Sycamore lane, directly in the path of the oncoming Ford Focus.
The driver applied his brakes and veered to the left to avoid hitting the bicyclist. But the car’s front