Woman Killed in Iowa Bicycle Accident

A woman was killed in an Iowa bicycle accident Tuesday morning.

According to officials with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, the bicycle rider was identified as 49 year-old Vera Lucia Ribeiro-Sulentic. Police say Ribeiro-Sulentic was riding her bicycle westbound on Old Highway 20/160th Street, about two miles east of Dike, shortly after 6:20 a.m. when the accident occurred. She was struck from behind by a westbound Jeep Liberty driven by 30 year-old Grundy Center-resident Dustin Hughson.

According to the accident report, Ribeiro-Sulentic was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Hughson was not injured in the crash. He was cited for steering unreasonably close to a bicyclist. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 18.

The bicycle accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. Dike Fire Department and Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.


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