News - August 31, 2011

Bicyclist, 64, dies after collision in Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

A 64-year-old man's daily ride turned tragic after his bike and a Lincoln Town Car collided in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Richard Buckley of Redwood City was in the intersection of Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway around 11:13 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to police. He was taken to Stanford Hospital and later died.

A family friend told the Almanac that Mr. Buckley rode his bicycle in a loop around that area daily instead of taking a lunch break from his job at Raychem, an exercise habit acquired after he had a heart attack several years ago. Loved ones held a gathering Saturday at the home Mr. Buckley shared with his wife, Laurie.

Investigators said the driver of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car showed no signs of alcohol or drug impairment and cooperated with police.

Traffic was diverted on Bayfront Expressway between Willow Road and Chrysler Drive until 2:30 p.m. to assist in the investigation.

The Menlo Park Police Department asks anyone who witnessed the accident to call 330-6300.


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