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Bicyclist Killed In Berkeley Collision Was Prominent Psychology Professor

By Scott Morris (BCN)
Friday July 13, 2012 - 11:33:00 PM

A bicyclist was killed in downtown Berkeley this afternoon in a collision with a dump truck, police said.

The 65-year-old Berkeley resident was found lying in the roadway on Bancroft Way west of Fulton Street at 3:38 p.m.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau identified him as Shlomo Bentin. 

Bentin was treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The driver of the dump truck left the scene unaware of the collision, but returned when a passing motorist alerted him to what happened. 

Police said the driver cooperated with the investigation and was not arrested. 

Bentin was a prominent professor of psychology and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.  

He frequently lectured at the University of California at Berkeley and conducted research experiments there, publishing several papers collaborating with UC Berkeley professors. 

In 2012, he was awarded the Israel Prize for Psychology.