Source Due to frosty weather early Saturday, John Pickens, 66, decided to put off leaving his Newark home on a road cycling trip by about three hours. The seemingly minor change in plans set into motion a chain of events that ended with the husband, grandfather and Cisco Systems engineer being thrown from his bike and fatally striking his head. As he always did, Pickens wore a helmet when he rode away around 11 a.m., said his wife, Melinda Pickens. This time, however, he didn't make it home. Police say he crashed around 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of Palomares and Niles Canyon roads, just north of the Fremont city limits. California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel did not immediately respond to a request for information, but Pickens' wife said police told her it appears he pulled off the roadway to let a truck pass before the wreck. Once Pickens' bike wheels hit the gravel on the shoulder, the bike went down. He seems to have struck his head on a boulder, his wife said. Pickens was a seasoned rider who had planned to ride out with a group of friends around 8 a.m. Saturday. But hoping for warmer weather -- it was in the low 40s early Saturday according to The Weather Channel -- Pickens changed his mind and opted to head out later on his own. The suddenness of the loss of the quiet, family-loving man left his relatives stunned. "I keep thinking he is just on a trip and that he'll be back," Melinda Pickens, 65, said. "I'm pretty much in shock."
Crash time: between noon and 2:59 p.m.
Closest Intersection: Niles Canyon Rd
Land use: Rural
Road type: Rural Arterial
Where on the road the collision happened: Shoulder
Collision type: None
Vehicle type: No other vehicle involved
If truck: Unknown
At crash time driver was: other
At crash time cyclist was: Other
At crash time cyclist was: hit gravel, lost control, hit head on boulder
SourcesSource: News Report
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