Driver Arrested in Death of Los Gatos Cyclist

josh_and_brianna.jpgClick to enlarge. Joshua West and his daughter Briana. Photo: Ashley Cushman

The driver of a Chevrolet Blazer who struck and killed a 28-year-old cyclist in Los Gatos has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Kevin Darr of San Jose, the 50-year-old driver, was arrested and admitted to the custody ward of Valley Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Mercury News.

A memorial fund has been set up to aid the daughter of Joshua West, the victim. West was raising his seven-year-old daughter, Briana, alone, according to family friends.

"They were like two peas in a pod, she loved him so much," Carolyn Campbell, his grandmother, told the Mercury News. "She was his world, anything she needed and wanted, that’s all he lived for."

West lived car-free in Los Gatos. After walking his daughter to school yesterday morning, he set out on his bike to attend physical therapy class, when Darr veered onto the sidewalk where West was riding on Lark Avenue and fatally struck him.

A memorial fund has been set up that will aid West’s daughter. The account has been registered under the name "Joshua West Memorial Fund" at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions can also be made via PayPal. All funds will go to his daughter.

"She would be the first in her family to be able to go to college," said Ashley Cushman, a family friend. "Nothing more would I want than for her to be able to be successful after this tragic event."

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