Bicyclist killed along Redding roadway identified


REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta County Coroner's office released the name of the woman struck and killed along a Redding roadway late Monday night.

Investigators identified 54-year-old Charlene June Ostergren, of Redding, as the bicyclist. Redding Police said Ostergren had been riding her bike before she was hit on Lake Boulevard, near Clay Street, at 11:41 p.m.

Sydney Koch was down the street from where the accident occurred.

"It sounded like something was being thrown or just an abrupt jolt," Koch described what she heard during the time of impact. "It didn't sound like a vehicle hitting any metal. It was a smack of a body going as fast as that car had to of been going, it's hard to explain."

Police confirmed Ostergren had already been down in the roadway before being struck by a grey 2007 Ford 500 vehicle. The 25-year-old female driver was given a field sobriety test by officers but was not arrested.

Traffic on Lake Boulevard was detoured for six hours while police gathered evidence.

Police are still seeking information about the deadly accident. If you were in the area around the time of the collision, you're urged to call the Redding Police Department's Traffic Unit at 225-4200.

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