An Independence man died Friday in Clay County when his bicycle hit the back of a parked Missouri State Highway Patrol car.


William E. Bickel, 78, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.


The Highway Patrol reported that Trooper Norman Rodgenberg had pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation on Missouri 210 two-tenths of a mile west of Route N. The trooper and the person he had stopped returned to the patrol vehicle.


About that time, Bickel, riding a Giant brand bicycle, traveled onto the shoulder of the road and collided with the back of the parked patrol car. The impact broke the left taillight of the patrol car.