WINTERS -- An experienced Alamo cyclist was killed Wednesday evening after being struck head-on by a hit-and-run driver in Solano County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim was identified as 72-year-old Dan Taylor by the Solano County Coroner's Office. The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Putah Creek Road about a mile east of Interstate 505, in an area popular with cyclists.
Taylor was cycling alone down a long stretch of road between orchards when a car crossed the eastbound lane and struck him, according CHP spokesman Officer Chris Parker.
Taylor was thrown over the vehicle before landing on the ground in an orchard, according to the CHP. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The vehicle continued traveling into the orchard and nearly hit a tree before driving off toward Winters, officials said. The vehicle is possibly a light-colored SUV, although no arrests have been made, the CHP said.
Before retiring, Taylor was a colonel in the Air Force. He had spent nearly every day cycling since retiring about five years ago, said daughter Nadia Costa.
"It was his absolute love," Costa said Thursday. "He was doing something he loved, and I just wish that the person who did this steps forward."
Taylor is survived by his wife, Glenda, four children and grandchildren.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol in Fairfield at 707-428-2100.