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Bicyclist Joshua Alper Killed By Sleeping Driver Near Santa Cruz

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Joshua Alper, 40, the bicyclist struck and killed over the weekend.

According to police reports, a 63-year-old man from Santa Cruz fell asleep at the wheel on Highway 1. His vehicle, a 2013 Tesla S, drove into an oncoming lane, striking Joshua Alper head-on. Alper was killed on impact.

The accident occurred on northbound Highway 1, just north of Dimeo Lane at about 11:15 a.m. Alper was cycling with three people. Two of them were far in front and the third was far behind. The cyclists did not see the crash. Alper was wearing a helmet and was on a 10-foot-wide shoulder when he was struck. According to California Highway Patrol officer Trevor Smith, there was nothing he could have done to avoid the collision.

The name of the driver has not been released because he has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Authorities will be forwarding evidence to the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office for potential charges. The driver pulled over after the collision and was cooperative with authorities.

Joshua Alper was employed by U.C. Santa Cruz as a librarian. He graduated from the university in 1998 and worked at the library for the past eight years. His wife, Annette Marines, also works as a librarian at the university.

If you have lost a loved one due to another's negligence, speak with our San Francisco injury attorneys for help filing a wrongful death claim!