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Webster City man dies in bicycle crash west of Pierson during RAID bike ride

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Kent Harfst

Kent Harfst, 57, died Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle while taking part in a long-distance bicycle ride.

PIERSON, Iowa -- A Webster City, Iowa, man died Saturday morning after a vehicle-versus-bicycle collision west of Pierson. 

According to a press release from the Iowa State Patrol, at around 6:35 a.m. Saturday, a 2017 Ford Transit van driven by 19-year-old Aaron Joshua Albert of Mondamin, Iowa, was heading eastbound on county road D12 and struck a bicycle ridden by 57-year-old Kent Eugene Harfst of Webster City. 

The collision occurred near the top of a hill and in dark conditions, according to the press release. 

Harfst landed in the south ditch with critical injuries and was transported by air ambulance to MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Albert was uninjured in the crash. 

Journal reporter Bret Hayworth, a friend of Harfst's, said Harfst was taking part in the Ride Across Iowa in a Day (RAID) bicycle ride when he was struck. The 24-hour, 330-mile bicycle ride runs from Sioux City to Dubuque, Iowa.

Harfst, an accomplished cyclist, was planning to do half of the ride, finishing at Webster City. 

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