- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say an 82-year-old woman whose vehicle struck and killed a cyclist in Omaha was trying to avoid a stopped car.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says Ruth Jeffers, of La Vista, was driving on March 13 when she failed to yield to a vehicle stopped in front of her. The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1g62gyU ) the stopped vehicle was waiting for cyclist Jim Johnson to pass in order to turn into a driveway.

Jeffers‘ vehicle crossed the center line and swerved into a shoulder lane. She hit 56-year-old Johnson in the process.

Johnson was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The newspaper reports the Douglas County attorney has not announced whether charges will be filed against Jeffers. A message for Jeffers was not immediately returned Thursday.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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