Killed Danville cyclist was school district employee

A bicyclist who died Tuesday in Danville headed the facilities department for the San Mateo-Foster City School District, school officials said Wednesday.

George Kaufer, 55, of Danville, was riding a bicycle around 4:30 p.m. when he collided with a car near the intersection of Crow Canyon Road and Tassajara Ranch Drive, according to the coroner’s office and town officials.

Kaufer was hired in 2008 by the San Mateo-Foster City School District as the construction project manager and was subsequently promoted to senior project manager and then director of facilities, district spokeswoman Amber Farinha said.

Farinha said:

“This is a very difficult time for all of us here.”

Kaufer’s┬ábrother-in-law Skip Mancini said:

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family at this time.”

Kaufer was an “avid cyclist,” Mancini declined to comment further. Kaufer is survived by his wife, Cathy, and two daughters, Megan and Janelle.

The driver involved in the collision remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation and no charges had been filed against the driver as of late this morning, Danville town spokesman Geoff Gillette said.