Santa Cruz: Be on the lookout for a maroon Nissan or Infinity with a missing headlight and other front end damage.
Santa Cruz resident Zachary Parke, age 25, was found dead early Wednesday morning on Empire Grade Road near the UC Santa Cruz Campus.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Zachary was riding his bicycle downhill on Empire Grade near Heller Drive when he was hit by a car traveling the same direction and left for dead. Evidence at the scene suggests he was hit by the driver of a maroon Nissan or Infiniti. Anybody with information on this collision are asked to call the CHP at (831) 622-0511.
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A cyclist on Empire Grade saw clothing and debris on the road Wednesday morning, found Parke’s body nearby and called police. Empire Grade has wide bike lanes and a 40 MPH speed limit at this location, but speeding well in excess of the limit is routine.
Zach got around Santa Cruz by bicycle and worked as a bicycle messenger for Clutch Couriers. This is the second cyclist fatality in Santa Cruz for 2011.
My sincere condolences to Zachary Parke’s family and his friends. More news about this in video from KION.
Remember, watch for a maroon Nissan with front end damage.