A well-known Nevada County bicyclist was killed Sunday on Highway 174 as he was climbing the grade from the Bear River toward Colfax in Placer County.
Jim "Jimmy" Rogers, 53, of Grass Valley, was struck while riding his bicycle on the right side of the shoulder at 12:15 p.m. on the steep grade, according to CHP Officer Chris Husse.
Rogers was knocked off the bicycle by a vehicle being driven by a 55-year-old Chicago Park woman, whose name Husse did not have.
He was flown by a CHP helicopter from the scene to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he died, Husse said.
Who was at fault in the accident is being investigated, but neither alcohol or drugs were involved with either party, Husse said.
"He was a fixture in bicycling in this area," said friend and fellow Sierra Express Racing team member Craig Lindberg. "He was a real light-hearted guy."
Lindberg said Rogers helped established what is now the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop in Nevada City and rode in the Nevada City Classic bicycle race "at least 20 times."
Further details will be available in Tuesday's edition of the Union.