Castaic woman identified as bicyclist killed by street sweeper

A Castaic woman has been identified as the bicyclist who was killed by a street sweeper in Valencia.

On Sunday, just after midnight, a woman was riding her bike on Rye Canyon Road and Beale Court in Valencia when a street sweeper struck her from behind, according to Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

22-year-old Kori Powers was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the street sweeper was cooperative, according to sheriff’s officials, and it was found that alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the fatal accident.

“She was wearing all dark clothing and didn’t have any lights on the bike,” said Miller.

Sheriff’s officials encourage bicyclists to install lights on their bikes and wear reflective clothing if they’re riding at night.

“If you must ride on the city streets, try to find a route that is on well lit streets,” said Sergeant Scott Shoemaker with the SCV Sheriff’s Station Traffic Office.

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Lorena was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She attended California State University Northridge where she double majored in Journalism and Chicano Studies and minored in Spanish Language Journalism. While at CSUN, she worked for the university's television and radio newscast. Through her journalistic work, she earned membership to Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society for selected journalists. Her passion for the community has introduced her to new people, ideas, and issues that have helped shape the person she is today. Lorena’s skills include using cameras as a tool to empower people by informing them and creating change in their communities. Some of her hobbies include reading the news, exploring the outdoors, and being an avid animal lover.