Cyclist dies in accident on Hwy 360


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and photojournalist JUSTIN TERRY

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Posted on April 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 6:44 AM

AUSTIN -- A cyclist is dead after a deadly crash in Westlake, near the Capital of Texas Highway and Westbank Drive. The Department of Public Safety is now identifying the victim as 55-year-old Verter Ginestra of Austin.

Emergency officials cleared the scene just before 6 p.m., but there are still very few details about what actually happened.

Verter Ginestra and car were traveling northbound. They collided just before 2:30 p.m. EMS crews tried to save the Ginestra, but the 55-year-old man died on scene.

Officials say he was wearing a helmet.

There was only one man in the car. He was not injured.

Officials don't know if speed or alcohol was a factor in the accident, but they are doing a blood alcohol test.

Sheriff's deputies say this is not the first accident like this in the area, and they advise drivers to pay attention.

"In this area, generally there are a lot of bicyclists that ride in these areas," said Sgt. Stan Roper with the Travis County Sheriff's Office. "One thing I would suggest to drivers -- be real cautious about bicyclists that are riding out here."

Investigators say it will take hours to reconstruct the accident scene, using their laser system. Once that's done, they will work with the medical examiner's office to determine exactly what happened.

As of now, the driver of the car has not been charged with any crime.

Saturday's death came less than a week after another cyclist was struck by a car and seriously injured. The accident happened Monday night at 38th Street and Guadalupe. Evan Baird, 22, was hit and left for dead by what witnesses describe as a small, black car. Baird is recovering at a local hospital.