Police Continue To Search For Clues In Fatal Bike Crash

posted: July 15th, 2010 02:04 pm | 2Comments

The cyclist who was killed earlier today was riding with a large group when something caused him to lose control and collide with an oncoming truck, police said minutes ago.

Michael William Nine, 43, of Santa Ana, was traveling northbound Spyglass Hill Road approaching Harbor Ridge Drive just before 8 a.m. when something caused him to “careen out of control,” said Sgt. Steve Burdette.

Nine entered the southbound traffic lane, eventually colliding with a truck heading up the hill in that lane, Burdette said.

“There’s a whole lot of what-ifs,” Burdette said. “We don’t know what caused him to lose control, who hit who…”

Nine was traveling ahead of the other cyclists in his group, who so didn’t see the crash because of a bend in the road, Burdette said.

Police ask anyone with information about the crash to call Investigator Todd Bush at (949) 644-3746.

Read our earlier story here.

2 Responses to “Police Continue To Search For Clues In Fatal Bike Crash”


Rob Templin

July 15th, 2010

This loss was devastating news; I was part of this group- ride this morning and prayed for a better answer when the ambulance pulled away. The newspaper journalist and an earlier police comment were incorrect (and many of us did talk to the police at the scene) : the cyclist was traveling under the 40 mph posted limit - and he "didn't lose control" (which sounds a bit like he was at fault for running into a vehicle), he was trying to avoid a yard-maintenance truck that pulled out in front of the riders when it wasn't safe to do so. The reporting by the paper and police make it sound like - somehow - the cyclist was responsible and/or at fault; not true. This is one of cycling's worst nightmares ...

Jim Weaver

July 17th, 2010

I am one of the riders who was with mike and only inches from him when this happened. The report above is full of errors and I have yet been fully interviewed. The truck was clearly in both lanes at at about a 45 degree angle and was actually backing up when we came around the corner. The only clear line to take to safely and avoid the truck was to go around him on the left (in front of him) into the other lane. There was no way to just stop. Within a split second the driver started going forward and the obvious choice was to change our direction back to the right or behind him. There was just not enough time for Mike to correct his line. His only option was to hit the brakes as hard as possible and hope for the best. 3 of us made it and he didn't.

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