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Bicyclist Who Died Sat. Was a Cisco Engineer

Newark resident John Pickens, 66, died when crashing into a rock near Fremont.

The bicyclist who died Saturday after crashing into a rock near Fremont was an engineer at Cisco Systems, the giant networking equipment company based in Milpitas.

The California Highway Patrol said 66-year-old John Pickens, a Newark resident, died from injuries he suffered in an accident in the roadway near the intersection of Palomares and Niles Canyon Road in a rural area of Alameda County near Fremont at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Cisco chief executive and chairman John Chambers said in a statement, "We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Pickens, and the thoughts and prayers of all at Cisco are with the Pickens family."

Chambers said, "John was a beloved member of the Cisco family for more than six years and a distinguished engineer whose intelligence and hard work was admired by all who knew him, including his Cisco colleagues and customers."

Company spokesman Nigel Glennie said Pickens joined Cisco when it acquired Arroyo Networks six years ago.

Glennie said Pickens was a "distinguished engineer," which is Cisco's most senior position for engineers.

The people in those roles exhibit superior leadership, responsibility, and accomplishment in technical and strategic areas critical to Cisco's success, according to Glennie.

Pickens is survived by his wife Melinda and three children, Glennie said.

The company has "reached out to the family offering Cisco's support during this difficult time," Glennie said.

--Bay City News Service

Editor's note: This report has been updated to correct the last name of the deceased.

Walter Hern December 11, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Please correct the name. It is John Pickens not John Perkins.
2 A SUPPORTER December 11, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Being a cyclist myself, this is a sad incident that hits close to home. My thoughts go out to the Pickens' family. The question I have is how this could have happened. It's not hard to miss a stationary object like a rock unless you had faulty equipment or a second party was involved. People are always speeding through palomeras, and with the growing number of cyclist, the war between bike and auto rages on. I know of some motorist, for instance, that find pleasure in smacking cyclist on the helmet as they pass by. This is a deadly reminder for those like myself to be cognizant and ride defensively whilst commuting to work everyday. I can't count how many times I've barely escaped serious injury from a rude motorist, which is about 2-3 times a day. I consider it a good day if it happens just once during my commute.

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