The local TV website reports, "Car hits cyclist in busy intersection."
The mishap took place at about 9:30am, on busy State Street. Cyclist was westbound. Driver was eastbound, and crossed into the cyclist's path. She said "the sun was in her eyes and she could not see the cyclist."
Another obvious piece of the puzzle is a big coffee mug, near the downed bicycle.
"The sun was in my eyes."
Is that a valid excuse for running into somebody else?
I would suggest if you're driving but can't see where you're going, it's a lot like a hunter who sees something moving in the bushes and blasts away, hoping it's a valid target he's shooting at. (And later lamenting, "I thought it was a deer," after he kills somebody.)
But there are definitely some things the cyclist could have done to improve his chances.
First... if you're riding your bike while drinking or even balancing a big ol' coffee mug, your attention is going to be considerably distracted.
Second... if the sun is directly at your back, realize that the people coming straight toward you are headed directly into the sun. Have an escape route! (Or, if you are riding directly into the sun, realize that people approaching from behind are likewise being impacted in some way by that big ol' ball of burning hydrogen.) They might be at fault if they smash into you - technically - but if you're dead, does it matter?
One other observation... at 9:30am, this time of year, the sun is fairly high in the sky. That "blinded by the sun" sounds pretty feeble to me. But I'm admittedly biased.
(Photo lifted from KTVB.com story.)