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UPDATED: Bicyclist killed following Silverado Trail crash

Roadway closed for two hours near Calistoga

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A 50-year-old bicyclist from San Francisco died Tuesday afternoon at St. Helena Hospital from his injuries he suffered in a collision with a car on the Silverado Trail south of Calistoga, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At about 1:40 p.m. Thomas Battat was riding his bicycle on the right shoulder, traveling southbound on the Trail, when, for unknown reasons, he drifted into the path of a southbound car, CHP Officer Anna Paulson said.

The driver of the 2000 Chevy Impala, Alvaro Ayala, 39, of Napa, was not injured, she said.

Battat was transported with major injuries by American Medical Response ambulance to St. Helena Hospital, where he died, according to the CHP.

According to fire officials, Battat had been riding with a cycling companion.

Both lanes of the Silverado Trail were blocked south of Calistoga for almost two hours as first-responders attended to the collision near the Napa County corporation yard.

Motorists took detours at Larkmead and Dunaweal lanes. The roadway reopened about 3:30 p.m.

Battat is the second Napa County road fatality since Sunday morning. On Sunday, a driver was killed at about 4:45 a.m. on Highway 29 in south Napa County after he crashed his black Toyota Camry near south Kelly Road, according to the CHP.

Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said the autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. His identity needs to be confirmed using dental records. Then his name may be released Thursday, she said.

This story was updated at 9 p.m. Tuesday to clarify information about the Highway 29 fatality.


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