Alfredo Pedroza, the 56-year-old father of Napa City Council candidate Alfredo Pedroza, was killed on Silverado Trail on Thursday evening while riding his bicycle home from a 50-mile workout.
The senior Pedroza was riding southbound on the shoulder of Silverado Trail just south of Pine Ridge Winery at 6:30 p.m. when a Ford hatchback, also heading south, veered off the roadway at 55 mph and struck him, California High Patrol Sgt. Gilberto Jose said.
Pedroza was killed instantly, the CHP said. The vehicle then crashed into an embankment and eventually came to rest against a hill, Jose said.
His son, Alfredo, is a Napa banker who is running for City Council in the November election.
The car was driven by Cammie Mutz, 20, of Calistoga, Jose said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected, Jose said.
Mutz was not injured in the crash, but was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center as a precaution, Jose said. Mutz was "very upset" about the accident.
Jose said there were no obvious road hazards at the time, noting traffic was light, it was still daylight and the shoulder in that area is at least three feet wide.
The CHP will investigate whether Mutz fell asleep or was using a cell phone at the time of the crash, the CHP said.
On Friday afternoon, the victim’s son paid tribute to his father, saying he came to the United States as a teenager with no money and no English skills, then “built this family from the ground up.”
“He worked over 30 years in the vineyards,” the son said. “He never missed a day at work. Those are the values I learned from my dad.”
On Thursday, his father had worked a full day as a manager for a vineyard management company, then had gone on a 50-mile bike ride to Calistoga and back, Alfredo Pedroza said. His father was training for a 100-mile race, he said.
The son said his father had married, bought a home and raised two children in Napa. His father never finished school, but aspired that his children succeed in his adopted country, said Pedroza, who was the first in his family to go to college.
“His focus was on making sure my sister and I had the opportunity to accomplish our goals,” he said.
A funeral is being planned for Tuesday. Claffey and Rota Funeral Home is handling arrangements, Pedroza said. A Rosary may occur Monday night at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, he said.