Bicyclist killed in Benton County

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PROSSER, Wash. (AP) -- A bicyclist is dead in Benton County after being struck by a car. The driver said he swerved to avoid a skunk.

KNDU reports that the accident happened at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies say the cyclist, 30-year-old Jared Carr of Walla Walla, appeared to have been out on a training ride, as he was equipped with proper gear.

The driver's name has not been released. He was taken to Prosser Memorial Hospital for a blood test; deputies are investigating whether alcohol may have played a role.

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Information from: KNDU-TV, http://www.kndu.com/