Bicyclist Struck and Killed in Carlsbad Identified

Joyce Koven Smith was riding her bike along Carlsbad Boulevard on March 16 when she was hit by a car

A woman fatally hit by a car while riding her bicycle in Carlsbad Wednesday morning has been identified as 59-year-old Joyce Koven Smith, authorities confirmed.

The deadly accident happened just after 10 a.m. in the 4600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard, between Sequoia Avenue and Tierra Del Oro Street, the Carlsbad Police Department said, shutting down traffic on the busy roadways near the beach.

Police said Smith was riding southbound in the bike lane when, for unknown reasons, she swerved into the number one lane. She was struck by an oncoming Ford Fiesta driven by a 64-year-old woman.

Smith was killed in the crash, while the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

The investigation is ongoing, but police do not believe the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. At this point, the driver has not been charged in the accident.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's (ME) office said Smith lived with her husband in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

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