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Family Searches for Answers Following Bicyclist's Death

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Joseph Galterio was struck and killed Tuesday. Joseph Galterio was struck and killed Tuesday.

LAS VEGAS -- The family of a man killed while riding his bike across a busy intersection is in despair and searching for answers.

Joseph William Galterio's mother, sister and other family members visited the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Pecos Road where Galterio was struck and killed Tuesday.

They wonder if his death could have been prevented.

"He's been suffering from Tinnitus for a long time. I don't know if that was the cause. He wasn't thinking, wasn't aware of what he was doing. I can't believe he just shot through a stop sign," said Josephine Galterio, his mother.

He was her youngest son. She said he suffered from ringing of the ears, or Tinnitus.

Galterio crossed Charleston at Pecos on his bike after visiting his girlfriend. His cousin Jeannette Arnone says he'd ride his bike all the time, but this time he didn't make it home to his mother's house.

"She hasn't stopped crying since last night," said Arnone." "So we're trying to give her a little bit of peace. She keeps saying 'I don't understand. How did this happen? Where did this happen?' Right here, it's so unlikely.

Metro Police say the 48-year-old failed to yield the right of way to a driver traveling westbound in the center lane of Charleston Tuesday afternoon. Police said Galterio was at fault and the driver was not cited.

"There's a lot of factors. The car could have been down there and him not realizing the amount of speed the car had accelerated to," said Arnone.

Getting across six lanes of traffic would be very difficult under any circumstance. Metro Police have investigated other crashes at this intersection.

"We had an auto-ped right here at this intersection, we've had auto vehicle collisions in this intersection. This is the fist bicycle accident that we had," said Metro Sgt. Richard Strader.

Metro Police said drivers , bicyclists and pedestrians have to look out for one another. While police are doing all they can to keep people safe, Galterio's family looks for answers.

"That's why I don't understand my son doing this. It's not like him," Josephine said.

This is the 18th traffic fatality in Metro's jurisdiction already this year.


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