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Woman's windshield was covered with frost when she hit cyclist, police say

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 6:53 p.m. MST

Provo police investigate the scene where Douglas Crow, 69, was hit and killed by a Frontrunner train in Provo Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Police say Maria Fregoso-Avina, 49, first hit Crow and pushed him into the path of the train.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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PROVO — A woman was arrested Wednesday after police say she hit a bicyclist with her vehicle, pushing him into the path of an oncoming FrontRunner train that killed him.

Maria Fregoso-Avina, 49, was arrested for investigation of negligent homicide, improper lookout and driving with an obstructed windshield. Investigators discovered that there was frost covering her windshield Friday morning when her SUV struck Douglas Crow, pushing him onto the tracks near 700 West and 600 South in Provo, said Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua.

The frost covered most of the windshield except for a small circular area in front of the driver's seat, police said.

The railroad crossing arms came down and the train passed moments after Crow fell onto the tracks, police said.

Crow, 69, a longtime BYU employee and avid cyclist, had been stopped on his bike when the vehicle struck him, police said. He died at the scene. Crow was a BYU custodian for 30 years, riding his bike to work each morning, and was set to retire this year, family members said. He had taken Friday off work.

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