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Friends identify Key West man killed when his bicycle collided with a delivery truck

Man killed in Keys bike crash

A 49-year-old bicyclist was killed when he collided with a delivery truck on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.
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A 49-year-old bicyclist was killed when he collided with a delivery truck on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

A 49-year-old Key West man was killed Tuesday when the bicycle he was riding collided with a delivery truck in Old Town, police said.

Chikara Kurata later died at Lower Keys Medical Center.

Police said Kurata and box truck driver Rodney D. Dixon, 50, were headed in the same direction — north on Whitehead Street — and were both stopped at the red light before the crash, with the bike between the sidewalk and the truck. When they both entered the intersection at Whitehead and Southard streets, they collided.

Police haven’t yet faulted anyone in the crash and only these preliminary findings were available Wednesday. The crash remains under investigation.

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Police confirmed the bicyclist was Kurata after friends of his identified him on social media.

The 600 block of Whitehead Street between Southard and Angela was closed after the crash for nearly five hours. A mangled black bicycle remained at the crash scene next to a delivery truck.

Kurata was a longtime resident of Key West who had moved there from Japan, a friend said. A vigil for him is scheduled for 9 p.m. Sunday at the Green Parrot.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the truck driver based on information from the Key West Police Department. David Craig Lutzke witnessed the crash and Rodney D. Dixon, 50, was the truck driver, according to updated information from KWPD. The story has been corrected to reflect the driver’s correct name.

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