San Jose police released video footage of a hit-and-run where a pickup truck rammed a bicyclist in downtown on Sunday in an attempt to identify the vehicle or who it belonged to with help from the public.
Around 4:27 a.m. on South First Street, south of Reed Street, authorities received reports of a tragic accident. San Jose police said the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was going in the wrong direction on southbound First Lane, hitting a man riding a bicycle, and kept driving north. Authorities said the victim that died on the scene was 36-year-old Jose Francisco Gastelum.
On the block south of Reed Lane, a short surveillance footage excerpt showed the vehicle hitting the cyclist, who was blurred out, sending his suitcase flying through the air across the roadway.
Officials said the pickup truck could have been damaged by the crash and identified it as a 2016 or 2017 black Chevrolet Silverado equipped with a crew cab and a bed cover, Mercury News reported.
The accident was the first in the city involving a victim on a bike and the second traffic accident of the year. Seven of San Jose’s highway deaths last year involved bicyclists.