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Bicyclist found dead in Portland hit parked van, police say

Police believe the 52-year-old Westbrook woman may have suffered a medical event.
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PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook woman found dead Monday morning in Portland's Libbytown neighborhood may have suffered a medical event before she and her bicycle collided with a parked van, police said.

The 52-year-old was found sometime around 6:30 a.m. along Douglass Street near the city's Kiwanis Community Pool.

According to investigators, it appears she was riding a bicycle and struck a van that was parked and unattended, and may have suffered a medical event prior to the collision. They said the death did not appear suspicious.

The state medical examiner's office is expected to determine the cause and manner of death, police said.

Police said the woman was wearing a green cycling shirt, black riding pants, multi-colored helmet, carrying a gray backpack and riding a yellow road bicycle. They said they believe she would have been traveling on Brighton Avenue from her home in Westbrook between 5:30 and 6:15 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland Police Department at 207-874-8575.