California cyclist dies in Kansas during cross-country race


LEOTI, Kan. (AP) – A driver has struck and killed a California man as he biked across Kansas during a cross-country race.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 61-year-old Eric Fishbein, of San Luis Obispo, California, was killed Saturday night. The patrol says in a crash report that a car hit the bicyclist from behind on Kansas 96, about eight miles east of Leoti. The small town is near the state’s western border with Colorado.

Fishbein was competing in the 4,300-mile Trans Am Bike Race, which began June 3.

The patrol says the car’s 25-year-old driver and a 27-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital with possible injuries. A 2-year-old boy also was in the car, but wasn’t hurt.

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