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Mountain biker dies after crashing on solo ride near reservoir

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SPANISH FORK — A 52-year-old Spanish Fork man was killed in a mountain biking accident on Hidden Oaks Mountain Bike Trail near Spanish Fork Reservoir.

Spanish Fork police were called to the trail after a passersby called to report there was a bike off the trail and a man a short distance away around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release. When police arrived, they determined the man had died from his injuries.

“It appears from the initial investigation that the male subject crashed on his mountain bike and died from injuries sustained in the accident,” police said. “The male was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The accident was not witnessed and the exact time of the accident is unknown.”

Investigators learned the man, who was identified by police Friday afternoon as David Acosta, left to ride on the trail alone around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Provo Police tweeted condolences to Acosta’s family.

“We express our heartfelt thoughts to Dave Acosta’s family,” the tweet said. “On countless occasions, he taught many or our officers and members of our community skills that will not soon be forgotten. his dedication to making a difference touched the lives of many.

Prove Police Chief Rich Ferguson was quoted in a second tweet.

“Yesterday we lost a partner in our quest for peace,” Ferguson said.

Acosta was an ex-SWAT officer whose company, Fight Back, taught teachers, police and others how to deal with mass shooting situations.