Coroner identifies bicyclist killed Monday night over 1-69

UPDATE:

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified a bicyclist struck and killed on Lima Road Monday night.

The following was released to the media:

“The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified, and made notifications to the next of kin of the deceased individual that was involved in a bicycle Vs motor vehicle crash on Lima Road at I-69 overpass, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, at about 20:43 hours, Monday, January 18, 2021. He has been identified as Jesse Sosa Almanza, male, hispanic, age 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Jesse Sosa Almanza was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a motor vehicle. Mr. Almanza was pronounced deceased at the scene by Three Rivers Ambulance Authority. Jesse Sosa Almanza Cause of Death is Multiple Blunt Force Injuries due to Bicyclist Vs Motor Vehicle Crash, and the Manner of Death is Accident. Jesse Sosa Almanza is the 6th traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2021. The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne Police Department officials say that a man is dead after a car struck him while he was on a bicycle on Lima Road Monday night.

Police say that they are trying to figure out why the man drove his bike into the roadway and stopped. They also think he was wearing dark clothing and that could have been a factor when the driver of the vehicle said that they were unable to stop and avoid hitting him.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

FWPD officials released the following:

“On January 18, 2021at 8:44 pm the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to
a reported motor vehicle accident on Lima Road at the Overpass going over I-69 in the Northbound Lines.
Initial reports indicated that a motor vehicle had struck a subject on a bicycle.
Several calls were being received advising that the victim was still on the ground and was not responsive.
Upon Officers arrival on scene they located a male victim in the Southbound lane unresponsive and suffering from Life Threatening Injuries. Paramedics and Fort Wayne Fire Department arrived on scene and began to care for the victim and pronounced the victim deceased. Initial statements received by witnesses indicate that the Vehicle was driving North on Lima in the inside lane.

Witnesses stated that the bicycle was also going North in the far outside lane and then turned and came across all lanes of traffic and stopped in the inside lane. The driver of the vehicle was not able to stop and struck the bicycle. It is unknown at this time why the cyclist came across all lanes in the roadway. The cyclist was wearing all dark clothing and the bicycle was dark along with it being dark at the time of the accident may have contributed to the accident.
As a result of this accident investigators shut down 2 lanes in both North and South bound lanes of Lima at the Overpass until their investigation was complete.

The Identity of the victim will be released at a later time by the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Coroner’s Office, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.”