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Woman dies after car hits cyclist in Kearns

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KEARNS, Utah -- A woman has died after she was hit by a car while riding her bike in Kearns Sunday night.

Det. Jared Richardson of the Unified Police Department said 57-year-old Connie Stewart Marconato, of Kearns, was on a bicycle when she was hit by a car near 5415 South and Northwestern Ave. (4725 West).

FOX 13 News first heard report of the crash around 9:20 p.m. Sunday.

Officers said visibility may have been a factor.

The woman was wearing dark clothing and crossing the intersection while riding her bike through the crosswalk when a man in a 2007 white Hyundai hit her.

Richardson said the woman went to the hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

She was not wearing a helmet at the time and suffered severe head injuries.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating.

3 comments

  • Paige

    Our family is having trouble with the funeral expenses. If you could please go down to your closest Mountain America, to donate in the name of Connie Marconato it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • randolph patterson

    I’m saddened when I hear news like this, and as a lifelong cyclist, I have had a few close calls with motor vehicles. I can see that the cycle was equipped with a working headlamp, and to me it means she was a dedicated rider. I don’t know, but I’m guessing the reason I see no side reflector on the spokes of the front wheel is likely that the wheel was hand-built, or had been recently serviced. Many times, the reflector needs to be removed for trueing or spoke replacement, and often as not, the cheap plastic fastener found on many reflectors breaks when removing it or attempting to replace it. It’s an often-overlooked safety feature that is factory-installed on every new bike sold in the U.S., but is ironically not often installed on custom wheelsets. Side reflectors add a large amount of visibility from the side of the bike, and the lack of a front reflector as seen in the photos may have been a contributing factor in the collision. As for helmets, they are primarily intended to protect the head in a tip-over, and all approved helmets are subjected to a scrutinous & painstaking evaluation & testing process. No helmet has ever been designed that can absorb the impact of a collision with a vehicle, that includes motorcycle helmets and auto-racing helmets. I don’t think a helmet would have done much to prevent injury in this accident. Even so, helmets can and do mitigate the extent of injuries, and I recommend wearing them while cycling. I also recommend that cyclists take a good look at their bikes, and replace any missing reflectors, and also consider the advantages on installing a set of front & rear lights. I can see where most cyclists would not even be aware if their reflectors or lights had saved them from a collision, since they’d likely have no idea if a motorist avoided them because of their enhanced visibility, and so we might have a tendency to view reflectors and lights as merely optional equipment, or worse, as useless weight. In fact, as a motor vehicle operator, I’ve experienced several near misses with cyclists after dark who have no reflectors, lights, or bright clothing whatsoever, but no close calls at all when the cyclist is using any of those forms of visibility enhancement. I hope some people will read this and decide they will make safety a priority when they ride. It would appear that this unfortunate soul was at least well-aware of the need to employ lights.

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