Biking Victim Name Released

June 26, 2015

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF A BICYCLIST KILLED EARLIER THIS WEEK IN A COLLISION WITH A CAR. THE IOWA STATE PATROL IDENTIFIES THE VICTIM AS IRYNA SHEVCHUK OF ARNOLDS PARK.

TROOPERS SAY SHEVCHUK AND ANOTHER PERSON WERE RIDING BICYCLES SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 71 IN SPIRIT LAKE AROUND MIDNIGHT TUESDAY. AUTHORITIES SAY SHEVCHUCK WAS RIDING HER BIKE IN THE TRAVELED PORTION OF THE ROADWAY, WHILE THE OTHER BICYCLIST WAS TRAVELING ON THE SHOULDER. TROOPERS SAY A SOUTHBOUND CAR DRIVEN BY 23-YEAR-OLD DUSTIN ABBAS OF MILFORD COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF THE BIKE SHEVCHUK WAS RIDING.

TROOPERS SAY THE DRIVER OF THE CAR COULDN’T SEE THE BICYCLISTS AS THEY WERE WEARING DARK CLOTHING AND HAD NO LIGHTS OR REFLECTORS ON THEIR BIKES. AUTHORITIES SAY THE COLLISION REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.