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Onlookers shocked by fatal bike accident

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An accident between a driver and a bicyclist has left one woman dead. It happened around lunchtime today in the 26-hundred block of West 49th Street, just east of Kiwanis Avenue.

It was just after noon Wednesday when this fatal accident happened.

The scene was later cleared but for those who work nearby and came to see what happened, some say it was tragic.

The deadly accident brought out several onlookers, some in their cars and some in nearby office buildings who came to find out what happened.

Onlooker Kelsey Mullenix said "I just wanted to go out and see for myself, what exactly it looked like and it was pretty scary, watching, looking at that. You know, you don't know the person personally but it still touches your heart and makes you want to pray for that person."

Police say a 22-year old woman on a bike was struck and killed by a 26-year-old woman, driving a white Ford Explorer as she pulled out of this driveway on 49th street near Kiwanis Avenue.

"It is pretty tragic, especially for it to happen so close to where I work. I drive that road every day and you just don't expect it to happen," Mullenix said.

This is the second deadly accident in Sioux Falls this week. And with more events during the summer and more people out on the roads, police say they'll  have more eyes on the road this weekend.

Sioux Falls Police Lt. Troy Lubers said "we'll have additional officers working, looking for the drinking driver, looking for traffic violations that are accident causing, and so we just ask that everybody obey the law, be responsible and we'll leave it at that."

Meanwhile, police continue to piece together the chain of events which led to this deadly accident.

"We don't know what happened exactly and it's not up to us to pass judgment, we don't know the facts," Mullenix said.

But there is one fact about accidents that we can all think about.

"It just reassures, it reminds us to not be distracted when you're driving, pay attention," Mullenix said.

Several people KSFY News spoke with expressed concern for the baby carrier that is attached to the bike, but police said there were no kids in the carrier at the time of the accident.

Police said the investigation is on-going and no charges will be filed until the investigation is complete.

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