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Bicyclist Struck By Police Cruiser Dies

A bicyclist has died from injuries he suffered in a collision with a Garden City police cruiser.

A decision was pending on whether an inquest would be held into the circumstances surrounding the death of Michael Garate, 35.

Police said Garate was riding on the main street through Garden City a week ago when he pulled out in front of the patrol car to cross the street.

Boise Police Sgt. David Hambleton, who was involved in the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest for Garden City police officers, said more witnesses still needed to be interviewed.

But he said that based on information so far it appears Garate rode into the roadway against the traffic signal. According to the original accident report, Garate’s bicycle had no light or reflectors.

“At this point I have nothing to indicate that there was any wrongdoing at all” on the part of the police officer, Hambleton said. He said skid marks indicated that the patrol car was traveling about 44 miles an hour, under the 45 mile per hour speed limit.