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Santa Barbara County, California — April 29, 2012

Police say a bicyclist died Sunday after being hit by a vehicle in the Lompoc area.

According to troopers with the California Highway Patrol, Lompoc resident Benny Contreras was behind the wheel of a vehicle as it traveled south along Cabrillo Highway (California State Route 1). As he passed San Antonio Road, Mr. Contreras hit a bicycle ridden by Jim Hamlin.

Mr. Hamlin suffered fatal injuries, although it is unclear whether he died on scene or at a nearby hospital. It is unclear whether Mr. Contreras will face charges.

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