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Police: Driver left red light early in bike crash

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Police say the driver of a vehicle in a fatal crash with a bicyclist took off before a red light switched to green at a busy intersection in Wisconsin Rapids' southeastern business district.

Lt. Brian Krzykowski said Monday the crash that killed 41-year-old bicyclist Shawn Hill of Wisconsin Rapids happened about 12:30 Saturday as he rode through an intersection at 8th Street South and Pepper Avenue.

Krzykowski said Emil Taschner, 75, of Wisconsin Rapids, was stopped at the intersection but witnesses said he took off "near the end" of the traffic light's red cycle and hit Hill, who was riding his bicycle through the crosswalk, as the light switched to green.

Krzykowski said city law requires bicyclists to walk their bikes through intersections and the intersection where the crash occurred has a "walk" signal activated by a pole-mounted button. That signal was not pushed before the crash, he said.

Hill was not wearing a helmet, police said.

Krzykowski said no traffic citations have been issued in the crash.

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