A collection of vehicles, including squad cars from the California Highway Patrol, gathered at the intersection of Alpine Road and Interstate 280 around noon on Tuesday, Jan 18, to do more research into the Nov. 4 accident in which Los Altos bicyclist Lauren Ward, 47, collided with a tractor trailer and died, CHP officer Art Montiel told The Almanac.
The CHP has "new information" and was conducting a "follow up," Mr. Montiel said, adding: "If this information changes the outcome (of the investigation), we'll let you know."
The new information did not come from a witness to the accident, Mr. Montiel said. The CHP is still hoping that witnesses come forward, he added.
The new information has also not led to a reopening of the investigation in which the CHP determined that the driver of the truck was not at fault in the accident, Mr. Montiel said.
Officers redirected vehicle and bicycle traffic away from the scene of the accident from about 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mr. Montiel said.
On hand from the CHP were the accident's investigation officer, the area commander, and members of the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, Mr. Montiel said.
The CHP also required the presence of the actual truck, from Randazzo Enterprises Inc. of Castroville, that was involved in the accident. The driver, Gabriel Manzur Vera, was not present, Mr. Montiel said.
The Ward family, represented by attorney John Feder of San Francisco, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mr. Vera and Randazzo.
In an earlier interview, Mr. Feder said he had hired an investigative team to conduct a re-enactment. Mr. Feder has not yet responded to an Almanac request for an interview.