A 29-year-old man riding a bicycle died Thursday evening after he stopped in the eastbound lane of West Service Road and was struck by a sport utility vehicle about a mile south of Modesto, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Fermin Duran Jr., of Modesto, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Stanislaus County coroner's office.
The CHP said Duran was not wearing a helmet or other protective gear.
About 6:10 p.m., Duran had stopped his bicycle in the eastbound lane, just east of Ustick Road.
Pedro Avalos, 22, of Modesto was driving a 1999 GMC Suburban east on West Service Road with two boys in the passenger seats. The CHP said the boys were wearing seat belts; Avalos was not.
Duran was sitting on his bicycle in the road as the Suburban approached at 65 mph. It was raining and the road was wet. The CHP said Avalos tried to slow down but couldn't avoid hitting Duran.
Avalos and his passengers were not injured.
It did not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident.
Officer Eric Parsons, a CHP spokesman, said Avalos was not cited at the scene, but the crash is being investigated.
He said the speed limit in that area is 55 mph under optimal conditions.
"With conditions being dark and rainy, the safe speed would be less than that," Parsons said. "The officer is going to investigate the crash, and the driver may be cited for that."
He said drivers should travel slower in bad weather so they can maneuver if they encounter something stationary in the road, especially on rural roads.
The investigation could take a couple of weeks, Parsons said, and any recommendations for charges would be sent to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.