Mother of 4 on bicycle killed in collision with truck

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The intersection of Val Vista Drive and Ray Road in Gilbert was closed for several hours Wednesday morning after a crash that killed the mother of four children.  

According to Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department, the crash involved a tanker truck and a bicycle. 

Responding fire crews said they treated two patients who were both on bicycles.

One of the patients, 33-year-old Jenna Taylor, died from her injuries.

The other patient was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Gilbert police, the bicyclists were riding in a marked bike lane and had a green light.

The Baker Commodities, Inc. truck also had a green light but made a turn, hitting one of the cyclists. 

The intersection remained closed while the investigation was in progress.

Gilbert police said there is no indication that speed or impairment are factors in this crash. 

Gilbert police said the intersection was closed until just after 12 p.m.

Taylor was a mother of four children and lived with her husband and children near the crash scene.

"She was a wonderful mother and an amazing friend. And her husband, Cam, just wanted people to be aware of bikers out there and runners, and really watch out for them," said Audra Sheridan, Taylor's friend.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Taylor's family.

In a post on its Facebook page, Baker Commodities, Inc. said, "This morning at approximately 8 a.m. a Baker Commodities truck was involved in a collision with a bicyclist at the intersection of Val Vista & Ray in Gilbert, AZ. We are heartbroken to learn that the accident resulted in a fatality. We are working closely with local police to determine the exact sequence of events. Baker Commodities is a family-owned company and we extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We will continue to use every resource at our disposal to work with investigators to determine what happened."

Injury attorney Frank Verderame, who is not involved in this case, said this happens far too often and people need to know the rules of the road.

He said if there is a bike lane, city ordinances could apply. Bicycles must follow the same rules as cars, go with the flow of traffic, and abide by traffic signals. Drivers must maintain a safe distance; when passing a bicycle on a road with no bike lane, that distance is at least 3 feet.

"For drivers, it's slow down," Verderame said. "Slow down and be vigilant in your surroundings and who's around you, stay off your cell phone if you're driving, do not text, don't take a call." 

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