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68-year-old Costa Mesa bicyclist collides with tow truck, dies on scene

Fatal truck, bicycle collision on Costa Mesa's Harbor Boulevard
James Blauer, 68, of Costa Mesa was killed Friday when his bicycle collided with a tow truck on the 2900 block of Harbor Boulevard, police officials reported.
(Daily Pilot)

A 68-year-old Costa Mesa resident was killed Friday night after the bicycle he was riding collided with a tow truck on the 2900 block of Harbor Boulevard, police officials reported.

The victim has been identified as James Blauer of Costa Mesa, Kelly Keyes, supervising deputy director for the Orange County coroner’s office, confirmed Monday. A cause of death had not been determined Monday as an autopsy was still pending.

Costa Mesa Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation team was dispatched to the scene at around 11:30 p.m. Friday night, according to a release issued Saturday. Upon arrival, officers located Blauer and determined he was deceased.

A Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue spokesman said a nearly 1-acre fire broke out Thursday afternoon near a picnic area at Fairview Park. One man was injured during the blaze and was transported to a nearby burn center for treatment.

The driver of the tow truck was not injured in the collision and remained on scene to cooperate with investigating officers. It was determined the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident. No arrests were made.

An investigating is still ongoing. Anyone who may have additional information is asked to call CMPD traffic investigator Darren Wood at (714) 754- 5264.

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