A 31-year-old woman riding her bicycle in the north end of San Jacinto was struck and killed by a motorist Wednesday, but the circumstances were unclear.

Katlyn Braley of San Jacinto was fatally injured at about 12:05 a.m. on State Street, just north of Record Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Matt Napier told City News Service that Braley was riding her bike north on the two-lane road, which was “dark because of no street lights.”

“The driver of a gray 2013 Kia Optima was going northbound and hit the rear of the bicycle,” Napier said. “The driver did not initially realize that he had hit a person and continued north, but he very shortly turned around and returned to the scene.”

The motorist, identified only as a 58-year-old Redlands man, called 911 when he found Braley in the roadway.

Napier said Riverside County Fire Department paramedics reached the location prior to CHP officers and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The motorist was checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, and he was determined not to be under the influence, according to Napier.

“The fault here is still under investigation,” he told CNS. “It could have had something to do with what the rider was wearing, whether she was in the roadway or off to the side. It may take a little time to make a determination.”

The driver was questioned but not arrested.

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