Coroner IDs York City bicyclist fatally struck near Rail Trail

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

An out-of-control car plummeted down an embankment along the York County Heritage Rail Trail in York City on Thursday, fatally hitting a bicyclist in the process, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Bicyclist Christopher Kress, of the 400 block of West Springettsbury Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, near the corner of Jessop Place and Kings Mill Road, a news release from the coroner's office states.

York City Police investigate the scene where a bicyclist was struck and killed in the vicinity of Kings Mill Road and Jessop Place in York City, Thursday, June 28, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Kress had just turned 45 years old, according to the coroner's office, which ruled his death accidental.

The crash happened at 4:48 p.m. Thursday, June 28, according to a news release from York City Police.

The car was northbound on Jessop Place when the accident happened, police said.

The car's driver was taken to York Hospital, where he or she was in critical condition Thursday evening, according to police.

City Lt. Gene Fells said on Friday morning that he will release more information about the crash after he is updated by officers, who are still documenting the investigation of the crash.

An autopsy on Kress' body Saturday, June 30, at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital revealed he died of multiple blunt-force trauma, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

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