Family Searches For Answers One Year After Cyclist Killed in Santa Cruz

The cyclist's dog stayed with him after his death and has since been adopted by a Santa Cruz woman

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|  Saturday, May 4, 2013  |  Updated 8:55 PM PDT
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He died during a cross country bike ride with his dog. That dog was found next to 39-year-old Joshua Laven's body after he was struck and killed on Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz. Kim Tere reports as the family returns to the scene searching for answers.

He died during a cross country bike ride with his dog. That dog was found next to 39-year-old Joshua Laven's body after he was struck and killed on Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz. Kim Tere reports as the family returns to the scene searching for answers.

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A cyclist was killed along Highway 1 in Santa Cruz exactly one year ago and today the man's family, friends and strangers came together to mark the death at the site where his body was found.  

 Joshua Laven, 39, was on a cross country bike tour with his dog when he was struck and killed between Santa Cruz and Davenport.

The driver who struck him did not stop and has not been found.  

Laven's 5-year-old terrier Ozziet was with him at the time. He was not hurt in the crash, but stayed by with his body after the accident.

Cyclist Joan Leitner spotted the dog first and then found Laven. She has since adopted Ozziet.

Laven's parents, Leitner and Ozziet gathered at the spot where he was killed Saturday.  They hope new coverage of the story will cause someone to come forward and tell them what happened a year ago.

The California Highway Patrol has said previsouly that a Dodge Ram pickup truck made between 2002 and 2005 is the vehicle that struck Laven.

The vehicle likely has damage to one of its mirrors. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

You can see more of today's memorial by clicking on the video at the top of this article. 

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