Anchorage police identify bicyclist who died after collision with vehicle

Published: Oct. 3, 2021 at 8:57 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 11:55 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man who was riding a bike in the area of Old Seward Highway and Scooter Avenue died last weekend after a collision with a vehicle.

Officers with the Anchorage Police Department responded to the collision around 10:57 p.m. last Saturday, according to a community alert sent early Sunday morning. The bicyclist died on scene and the driver involved in the collision stayed to cooperate with police while they investigated.

An updated alert sent Wednesday identified the bicyclist as 39-year-old Thomas Sheppard. Police said Sheppard was riding the bike on the sidewalk, but after passing the intersection of Scooter Avenue he moved off the sidewalk “directly into the path” of a pickup truck.

The driver of the truck stopped immediately to call 911, police said. Nearby roads were shut down temporarily while APD’s major collision investigation unit processed the scene.

Sheppard’s family has been notified of his death.

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