A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. accident with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said.
Cyclist John Greg Colvin was traveling northbound on the right side of Coast Highway when for an unknown reason he was struck by a Toyota Prius headed in the same direction in the outside lane, police Capt. Jason Kravetz said in a statement Wednesday.
With more than 60 minutes of daylight remaining before Tuesday’s 8:05 p.m. sunset, Northbound Coast Highway was shut down for two hours as police investigated the accident, which remains the subject of further inquiry. The 19-year-old driver involved, who was not identified, was neither cited nor arrested, Kravetz said.
Initially, witnesses reported that a white Prius fled the scene of the accident, but a motorist followed the vehicle, which stopped in the El Morro Elementary School parking lot. Arriving officers detained the driver, who was brought to the police department for questioning, Kravetz said.
The rider of the bicycle received major injuries and was transported to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and then transferred to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Kravetz said. Colvin died at 11:32 p.m.