A Preston man was killed while cycling Saturday afternoon, when a car pulled in front of him. The crash occurred at 3:45 p.m. between Smithfield and Newton, along SR-218.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said Derek Steadman was traveling southbound, approaching 6400 North. At the same time, an older woman from Cache County was driving a Buick Lacrosse northbound. She told troopers she did not see the cyclist as she turned left onto 6400 North, in front of him.
Steadman was wearing a helmet. He hit the front corner of the passenger side of car and was killed instantly.
Perry said troopers believe the crash was a tragic accident, and the woman was in no way impaired or distracted.
“You need to realize that cyclists are out there and are hard to see,” Perry explained. “So, check more than once before you make those turns, especially in rural areas.”
Troopers had a difficult time identifying Steadman because he was not wearing any sort of identification. They later located his cellphone that had been thrown from the scene because of the force of impact.
“When we have people that go out bicycling, jogging, or doing other things by themselves especially, we just ask that they carry with them some sort of identification, either in a small pocket or there are things called life bands that they can put around their wrist or around their ankle. It can give us the important information that we need to know if something happens to them and they can’t talk to us.”
According to Steadman’s Facebook page, he studied at Utah State University and was the co-owner of Treasure Canyon Calcium Company.