SAN JOSE -- A man died after he was hit by an SUV while pedaling his bicycle through a large south San Jose intersection shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

A silver Toyota RAV-4 stayed at the scene, with damage to its front passenger fender and a shattered windshield. A man and a woman remained with the vehicle and were cooperating with police. They declined to comment.

No further details about how Tuesday's accident happened were immediately available.

The victim's broken single-speed track-style bicycle leaned against a light post inside red police tape at the scene, with a pair of tennis shoes sitting atop a mangled rear rim. The rider -- described only as an adult male -- was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the collision, police said.

The crash happened at the intersection of Branham Lane and Vistapark Drive, and was the city's 40th fatal traffic collision of the year, and the 25th involving a bicycle or pedestrian. An especially deadly 33-hour stretch starting Nov. 24 saw three people killed by vehicles, including a 3-year-old boy and a 14-year-old high school girl.

The high number of pedestrian deaths this year -- more than the city has seen in nearly a decade, according to police -- spurred residents to hold a vigil Monday night in the Washington neighborhood where 3-year-old Elijah Alvitre was killed by a pickup truck as he was pushed across the street in a stroller.


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Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact San Jose investigators at 408-277-4653. Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or tipsubmit.com.

Contact Eric Kurhi at ekurhi@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.