Truck Hits, Kills Cyclist at Coast Highway and Bayside Drive

posted: September 14th, 2012 11:42 am | 59Comments

UPDATED with information from a witness.

A truck struck and killed a bicyclist about 10:35 a.m. today at Bayside Drive and East Coast Highway, a fire official confirmed.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was in her 20s or 30s, said Newport Beach Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles. She was riding eastbound on Coast Highway when a stake bed truck hit and ran over her, he said. She was wearing a helmet, said Sgt. Mark Hamilton of the Newport Beach Police Department.

The truck was traveling eastbound on Coast Highway and was making a right turn onto Bayside Drive, Boyles said. It was unclear if the cyclist also was making a turn, he said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The driver of the truck remained at the scene and the Newport Beach Police Department is currently obtaining statements from witnesses and investigating the cause of the collision,” Hamilton said in an email.

Amanda Walter of Corona del Mar was stopped at a red light on Bayside Drive, waiting to turn left on East Coast Highway, and witnessed the accident.

“I saw the truck come around the corner and I though, ‘Wow, he’s going too fast,’” she said in a telephone interview. “I saw the cyclist and said, ‘Oh my…God…he’s going to hit her.’ He cut her from behind. She went down and he ran over her.”

Both the cyclist and truck were making right turns, she said. The truck driver appeared to be riding too close to the curb, she said.

Walter immediately parked in a nearby restaurant lot and called 911. Then she and a friend to talk to the woman, who was awake and struggling to speak and breathe. A police officer ran from the nearby Starbucks and also tried to help, but the woman died within three or four minutes, Walter said.

“It was…horrible,” she said.

The truck driver kept insisting that he looked twice and the cyclist wasn’t there, Walter said.

Earlier today at 7:19 a.m., a car struck a pedestrian at East Coast Highway and Jamboree Road. The victim was in a crosswalk when struck, Boyles said. The victim was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.


59 Responses to “Truck Hits, Kills Cyclist at Coast Highway and Bayside Drive”

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Jamie

September 14th, 2012

I am very sorry to learn of this tragic incident. My condolences to the family of the victim. Now, some tough comments. - - For how long have I been telling you people and especially you militant bike activists that the trends you are pushing are dangerous and would get someone killed. How many times have I said that bikes on PCH were UNSAFE! How many times have I said this sharrows idea was bad and would get someone killed. Yes I know the sharrows are not in that area, yet. How many people are going to have to die for you militants to realize your position is WRONG and UNSAFE? Bicycles and car and trucks can not share the same roadway. The vehicle code itself is flawed in this matter and needs to be changed. But meanwhile it is incumbent upon the city to take steps to separate the two (in this case by rerouting bikes off PCH). Not all drivers are competent and some are an outright danger on the road, are you willing to put your life in the hands of such a person? I'm not. I myself recently had a similar situation at the Arches turn onto Newport Blvd where a bike rider actually rode out into PCH and blocked traffic to make his militant point that he could share the highway with cars whizzing along at 50 mph. This foolishness MUST STOP before anyone else gets killed. I call upon the Mayor and Newport City Council to DISBAND this militant, special interest, "Bicycle Committee" which is comprised of nothing but bicycle shop owners and other rabid militant promoters of bicycles over automobiles. I call upon the City to reroute bicycles off PCH and onto residential side streets, which while perhaps not inherently safer at least have less and usually slower traffic. I call upon the City to quash this foolish sharrows idea on PCH. This is not a slow moving traffic area like Balboa Island, Forrest Ave in Laguna or Belmont Shores. PCH is a major, high speed traffic artery, there is no place for bicycles. Now to something to fix this before someone else gets killed!

kate

September 14th, 2012

This is an IMPOSSIBLE intersection. It's not just about bicycles - it's also the fact that it's nearly impossible to cross PCH or Bayside in time before the light turns. I sincerely hope this is looked into... I'm so sorry to her friends and family for their loss.

TK

September 14th, 2012

uhhh, doesn't seem like the right time or place to get into the politics of biking. Very sad for the loss of life. Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

John

September 14th, 2012

Newport Beach must have one of the poorest cycling safety records in the country. Particularly when it comes to fatalities. The city has been made aware of the safety issues countless times over the last two years and nothing has been done to make things safer. I do not know the details of this terrible accident. I just hope this spurs the city to actually do something and make cycling safer. PS: Jamie, you are a dinosaur.

Mark

September 14th, 2012

Jamie, BY LAW bikes are allowed onto the road. Get over it and deal with it!! If I am not mistaken, there is a bike lane coming off the bridge down to the Bayside intersection. which means the truck cut across in front of the cyclist to make their right turn.. Someone died because their time was too precious to wait a few seconds for the cyclist to clear the intersection before making that turn. It is self-centered car drivers that are the biggest hazard on the road - to cyclists AND everyone else on the road.

Lisa

September 14th, 2012

This is such a tragedy. Jamie is failing to read that she was in the crosswalk! If that had been a kid on a cruiser that was hit there would be an outcry and the driver would be lynched. But because it was a "cyclist" its ok?! Come on Jamie. Be realistic - you sound a little "militant" yourself!

Stephan

September 14th, 2012

My condolences to the rider's family and friends. How very sad that the driver of this truck was in such a hurry...or driving negligently. He'll now have to deal with this for the rest of his life. As for Jamie's comments above: Just plain ignorant.

Jamie is right

September 14th, 2012

Truly sad and very much a tragedy but Jamie is 100% correct. There is a simple fact that even if the cyclist was doing nothing wrong the stake truck wins every time. Cyclist can crusade all they want they will still lose when the collision happens. @John you can't make cycling safer when 3-10,000 lbs machines are within 2 feet of a cyclist you can make all the laws you want you can't change physics. @Mark you may also be correct but distracted driver hits a car you have a fighting chance, you hit a bike and that person is in critical or dead. Your best bet is to ride on a bike path and not in the street otherwise you are assuming a calculated risk. Kind of the same thing as smoking.

JC

September 14th, 2012

Jaime....we are beyond people like you...PCH needs more monitoring and we need to see an effort to get the distracted/impaired drivers OFF the road....we SHARE the roads in this city - it is not an archaic nor unreasonable request.

Jeff

September 14th, 2012

Jamie, five times in your little rant you referred to citizens legally using the roads we all pay for as "Militants". Huh? I'm a car driver and also a bike commuter. I have legal rights regardless of which "vehicle" I choose to use. You, sir, are an entitlement freak. It's all about YOU. You own the roads and anyone who has a different purpose or gets in your way is a "militant". You might want to look in the mirror if you want to see a militant. ps. PCH has (mostly) three lanes in each direction plus a decent bike lane. Plenty of room for all of us. Just move over. Please.

Bob

September 14th, 2012

Sad day. Lisa, i think you are confusing the two separate accidents, as it isn't clear by the facts in the story where the cyclist was on the roadway. I think its a bit premature and tacky for anyone to be pointing fingers about fault or negligence. We all drive these road everyday, some of us choose to ride our bikes on them and we share a responsibility to each other to be safe in our use of the roads. I have seen drivers and cyclists make horrible decisions on these roads, to the point that i almost anticipate the cyclist will not stop at a stop sign or flashing crosswalk, and that a driver will not yield a right of way to a cyclist when they otherwise should. Lets wait for the full story of what transpired today before "lynching" anyone.

Lindsay

September 14th, 2012

This is a very tragic yet not surprising turn of events. For being a beach community Newport Beach is not very pedestrian or bike friendly. That being said, I don't think it's necessarily the city's, or the "militant" bikers' fault. The majority of people who drive through this city, especially Corona del Mar, have little regard for anyone who isn't in a car. I'm speaking primarily for the pedestrians, but mostly for myself, because I am a law-abiding pedestrian who has nearly been run over several times. I can't tell you how many times I've been in the crosswalk at Marguerite and PCH, with a walk sign, WITH MY BABY IN HIS STROLLER, and been rushed across the street by some a*hole who feels I'm not worthy of the 15 seconds it takes me to cross (not to open another can of worms, and no offense to Jamie, but the majority of the offenders are elderly drivers). The point of all this is that drivers need to slow down, pay attention, stop texting, get off your phone call and pay attention before you kill someone. Nothing you're doing in your car is injuring or killing another person.

Lindsay

September 14th, 2012

Sorry-that last sentence was supposed to be "nothing you're doing in your car is worth injuring or killing another person"...you get the point.

Condolencses to this person's family

September 14th, 2012

Jamie, why is it that in some preverse "I told you so" way, you blame the victim for getting killed? All she did was go for a Friday morning ride and she died as a result. The sharrows idea would work, if you drivers wouldnt be in such a hurry to get to were ever the heck it is you are going. Why dont you just call on city of Newport to slow traffic down on PCH?

S

September 14th, 2012

As a cyclist myself who rides in bayside nearly everyday, that is the only area where drivers seem to respect cyclist. This is the only road that is posted with "share the road" signs and I think it makes a huge difference. Often, we take Bayside to AVOID pch and the busy traffic. There is no question cycling is dangerous, and many can act like they are invisivle, but that doesnt negate the fact that drivers often are not paying attention to the road or inpatient as soon as they encounter cyclists. I can't tell you how many people I ride by who are staring in their laps at their phone....it's mind blowing.

Augustine

September 14th, 2012

Drivers just need to be aware ! Plain and simple regardless of motorcycle , bicycle pedestrian etc. Its not about militants etc . We pay taxes and should share the road . Thats all ! My prayers her family RIP.

Billy

September 14th, 2012

To the MORON Jaime; bikes were on the road before cars were invented

Scott

September 14th, 2012

It is simply ladies and gentlemen your all right! But you are missing one point. SAFTEY!! That is on both sides follow the posted laws to the letter!! Walking or driving I get run down in crosswalk or even run off the road by both bikers and drivers. Be safe all laws are written in blood. We all have to think safety and demand it in our city! Please Police Officers give out tickets....We will all be better off...Thanks and God Bless to the ones blood that may wake us up.

Ver

September 14th, 2012

My prayers go out to Sarah and her family. She was a great mentor and a positive and upbeat girl. Her empowerin words are what I will take with me. Her love for healthy food and nutrition and her great ponytails. Rest in peace my sweet friend. Xo

Bre

September 14th, 2012

The comments written in response to this article are truly disturbing. The fact is that someone lost their life today and the driver of the truck is going to have to live with the guilt of that. Since no details were given as to who was at fault, it is unfair to pass judgement on drivers or cyclists. My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of those involved in this tragedy.

Lindsey

September 14th, 2012

The woman that died was an amazing person and left this world a better place. I can say that because I know her personally. She was most definitely NOT a militant biker!

Suzanne

September 14th, 2012

Cyclists have no business being treated like a vehicle!!! They are NOT a vehicle but a bike with no protection from a big, moving car. There is nothing more annoying or irritating or dangerous than a cyclist in a turn lane that certainly cannot go as fast as a car, they are bound to get hit. The law needs to be changed to reflect that a bike is NOT a vehicle and to stay out and off of the road and in the bike lane. This is clearly stupidity at its finest. The people who made this law are the same people that ok texting/cell phone use while driving and then are surprised when someone dies. Jaime is not an idiot or a moron or ignorant. If drivers are suppose to respect cyclists, than cyclists need to respect drivers. Now let the bashing begin because based on the comments regarding this subject that's all you people are doing.

CDMGirl

September 14th, 2012

Very sad...I agree with Lindsay. People drive way too fast and quite recklessly in CDM....but it is not just the elderly people. The residential streets are not any more safe than riding/walking on PCH. The city needs to do something about these drivers that are clearly not thinking about how they are endangering others.

Milt in Long Beach

September 14th, 2012

I too am very saddened by this incident. I have no dog in this fight, but I see a couple of people knew this unfortunate woman. I express my condolences all around. However, since this terrible accident has stirred up a continuing controversy, let me add a point or two. If the woman was in a crosswalk mounted on a bicycle, she was breaking the law. If she was going straight in the right turn lane, she was breaking the law. In fact, if she overtook the speed of the truck and was on the truck's right hand side, she was breaking the law. Trivial, I know, in the face of her untimely death. Nevertheless, this accident serves notice to both motorists and bicyclists that more respect for each other is way overdue. Lately, I've seen a distinct lack of that respect from both parties. Sad that it came to this. God speed, Sarah.

Charles O. Jones

September 14th, 2012

Dear Jamie, You look good up on that high horse of yours. A question though: Do you make the same cries for change every time a motorist is killed in traffic? If not, then quit your freaking whining about bicycles. Oh, and I like the way you throw sharrows in to the mix even when you yourself admit that sharrows had absolutely NOTHING to do with this incident. Perhaps the outcome would have been different had sharrows been in this area. Sadly we'll never know.

Gregory

September 14th, 2012

Condolences to this poor persons family. The cyclist was a person, the driver who was involved was a person. Lack of love and compassion for your neighbor is really to blame.

Jo Ann

September 14th, 2012

First I want to say how horribly tragic for that young woman. I hope she is in heaven now, riding her bike anywhere she wants for as long as she wants and be as happy as she wants without worrying. Second, this accident was not matter of "if" someone gets hit and killed but "when" someone gets hit and killed. There needs to be something done by the city. I used to ride my bike on Bayside since I live on Bayside. Not a racing bike, just rode for exercise but I had to stop because most of the vehicle drivers did not obey speed limits, did not drive safely and did not pay attention to their surroundings. So my bike collects dust in the garage. I did not want to get hit and my life is more valuable than trying to ride on a dangerous road. Safety first! That being said, I have noticed and it's getting more and more frequent, some bike riders do not follow rules of the road, ride too fast, ride in pairs and not single file, do not stop at stop signs, do not stop at intersections and are not aware of their surroundings. Everyone needs to follow the rules of the road, slow down a little, be aware of their surroundings and SHARE THE ROAD. Being anywhere a few seconds or even a few minutes later will not be the end of the world.

second hand

September 14th, 2012

I work right next to where the accident happened and a guy at my work said she was driving on the wrong side of the road that's why the accident happened. I don't know the details anymore than that.

Pete

September 14th, 2012

I knew Sarah and she was a wonderful person. She was kind, funny, beautiful, and loved by her friends. She will be missed.

amber

September 14th, 2012

Sara was an amazing person. She was my nutritionist at Shape-Up fitness center. She loved what she did. I never thought yesterday would be the last day I saw her. She was very happy yesterday and so positive... I love you Sara you will be missed.

jlyle

September 14th, 2012

Half the people in the world are below average in intelligence. Yelling at them doesn't make them any smarter. Jamie, notice, I'm not yelling at you.

Kim

September 14th, 2012

Jamie and Suzanne, i couldn't agree with you more... It puts drivers in a bad spot too... it's tragic for both people...

JD

September 14th, 2012

Militant? Really? I really don't think this poor woman got on her bike this morning thinking about being or becoming a militant cyclist. She was simply going out for a ride to stay fit and healthy. Jamie should take particular note that thousands and thousands of cyclists ride on PCH every week, one more reason why drivers should be especially careful and mindful. I ride too and understand the risks but there really isn't much of an argument in favor of the driver, especially if the cyclist was obeying the law. Unlike other states most California drivers are aware that cyclists are sharing the road or are in a designated bike lane. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sara's friends and family.

A friend

September 14th, 2012

Dear sweet Sara, I can't believe your gone , you we're so young , so full of life and hope .You were so happy you just got a new car and have not even put the new plates on it yet. I keep picturing your wedding gown still wrapped in plastic and never worn , so excited about your future . You always had a smile , happy and upbeat you always looked your best ,and caring ..I'm shocked and so sad...gone too soon .I will meet you in heaven Sara you will be so missed . As for the other comments, you don't know her show some respect for her family who ever was at fault ...does it matter a young girl has lost her life today .

John manly

September 14th, 2012

What the hell is wrong with you people? One of friends or neighbors is dead. Don't make this a political issue and further traumatize her family and friends. THERE IS A TIME AND PLACE and it's not here. Shame on you!!!!!!! John Manly

robincdm

September 14th, 2012

Horrible and sad. Sincere condolences to Sara's family and all that knew her. Since the article has been updated with an eye witness account it appears the driver was wrong and the cyclist was in the right. Didn't matter though the cyclist lost her life. Car v cyclist? Who is likely to be the loser, right or wrong? Why anyone insists on riding a bike on a fast pace highway is beyond me.

JC

September 14th, 2012

Thank you "A friend"........... you managed to say the words that have escaped us all today....I am so tired of saying goodbye to those of us who enjoy being outside and full of life.....too many times in the last few years have I lost those who matter.....it is just so sad.....my prayers to the family....I ride tomorrow for her and my friends lost.

Dan

September 14th, 2012

Our sincere regards go out to family, friends and our cycling community at this time. This is such a great loss - "A Friend" , Pam F and clearly hundreds of other that knew Sara are deeply sad and we can only hope that she lives on within all those that came to know her.

richard

September 14th, 2012

Sarah was a friend and a beautiful person. This world will miss her dearly.

One of Many Friends

September 14th, 2012

A beautiful person is gone..She was a fun, loving, caring young women. She had her whole life ahead of her and in one instance it is gone. We love you Sarah and we know you are in heaven.

One of Sarah's Clients At Shape Up

September 14th, 2012

I read the article about the accident and the comments. When I read that it was my nutritionist from Shape Up, Sarah, I was shaken. She always had a smile on her face, shared her knowledge of healthy eating and even gave me great recipes to actually enjoy eating kale! She was smart, sweet and kind. She will be missed. I know she is riding a beautiful bike in heaven. Godspeed.

JT

September 14th, 2012

I was at the scene shortly after poor Sarah's accident occurred today. To Sarah's family and friends- I have been in constant prayer for you all day and will continue to be. My heart aches for all of you. Everyone with an opinion about bikes on the road, take it to a city council meeting. There truly is a time and a place and now is not it.

Andrea

September 14th, 2012

The poor girl who died today was one of my closest friends. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, most enjoyable people I know. She could make anyone laugh and had a smile to go along with her sunny personality. This is one person who will be greatly missed by so many people.

marshall

September 15th, 2012

So disrespectful of Jamie to rant about "auto rights" on such a sad day. I just mourned with her friends this AM at Shape Up. She was another bright light that has gone out.

JD

September 15th, 2012

Anyone should be able to safely ride a bibycle on the road with cars, and any measures to increase safety for all should be encouraged. My prayers go out for the family and friends of the woman who was killed, and for the other parties and witnesses of this tragedy.

Vern

September 15th, 2012

Thanks for your life story Jamie, though I doubt many readers will make it past the second sentence, because this isn't about you, your great ideas to change the world or your "prediction". We are a community in shock over the loss of a loved one. There will be plenty of time to sort out details and determine what happened, but that won't change the pain this family is enduring today. Give your keyboard a break and go find something else to do for entertainment.

Charles O. Jones

September 15th, 2012

Jamie, While I have read your opinions (ad nauseum) regarding sharrows, I prefer to deal with facts rather than opinions. The facts are: two reputable studies (City of San Fransisco and Florida Department of Transportation) have both shown that sharrows make it safer for cyclists on the road. So the only one politicizing this topic is you. The bicycle community supports the use of sharrows as they have been proven to work, not because of politics. Also, you mentioned your time as an emergency responder, I have some experience there as well. I have been a professional firefighter in a nearby beach city for over thirty years. Each and every year we have far more deaths to motorists on PCH than we do bicyclists. If you are truly concerned about safety, then you shouldn't drive your car on PCH.

David Stiller

September 15th, 2012

The truck driver is quoted: "The truck driver kept insisting that he looked twice and the cyclist wasn’t there, Walter said." As a traffic accident investigator for 25 years, I heard this explanation from many auto/truck drivers. The profile of a bicyclist/motorcyclist is very small so they are not recognized by auto/truck drivers even though they are in the field of vision. I expect it will ever be thus unless and until some means is found to capture the attention of the auto/truck drivers. Dave Stiller

amanda walter

September 15th, 2012

shame on every single one of you that is using this forum to spew your ignorace, hatred, and lies. especially you "second hand." i was there, me, not you. i watched as that beautiful women, ABIDING BY ALL LAWS was crushed and killed by that truck. she was in perfect form. NOT traveling in the wrong direction as you state. not having been there, you should keep your lies to yourself. my dear friend and i tried to help. we watched that wonderful soul fight for her dear life, on the pavement. shame on all you people who are disrespectng this family. take your rants to city hall. you should be using your energy to send positive thoughts and prayers, if you are a person of faith. this family needs our support and love. period. amanda walter

Jeff

September 15th, 2012

Yes it is a tragedy but stop being delusional and telling people to share the road and drive carefully and live in la la land. You might as well use the same tactics to bring peace to the middle east. It won't happen more will die till bikes are removed from busy streets. They need to change the law. No more tragedies!

Anonymous

September 15th, 2012

My husband was hit by the CEO of the chamber of commerce of one of the beach cities that shall go unnamed, on PCH 2 years ago. He was in the bike lane with 4 other cyclists, single file and the driver decided to go to Starbucks with no signal and turned into him. It doesn't matter what the laws are, people are too distracted and deaths will continue to occur. Cyclists have every right to share the road, but it will never come without risk. The only thing we can do is pay attention and slow down. Most importantly, put your cell phone away. It sickens me to read such a heart-breaking story. Such a preventable accident if this county would just get a grip and slow down, myself included. WE ALL SPEED, this could be you.

Cleaveran Law

September 15th, 2012

Hello, I am incredibly saddened to hear of another cycling fatality. As the eyewitness reported, the women who was killed was IN FRONT of the truck, not alongside or coming up from behind. She was hit and then run over by a truck making a sharp right turn. How fast was the truck going? Cyclists need to ride safely and legally. That is a given. There is nothing in the reports that indicate that the woman on the bicycle was doing anything illegal or unsafe. Drivers have the biggest responsibility and burden at all times for safety. They are operating a 3,000+ lb vehicle that is essentially a deadly weapon at speeds above 15 MPH. Pedestrians and cyclists are killed weekly by drivers. Not seeing someone who is in a crosswalk or is riding appropriately on the road is not an excuse for hitting and killing them. Also, why shouldn't PCH be a slow moving street through Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar? Both of these cities have significant pedestrian traffic to go along with cycling traffic. Slowing traffic through those cities on PCH (as well as other arterial streets that are in residential areas) will improve safety for all (including other motorists). Think about the traffic accident last year on PCH that killed 3 people (http://newportbeach.patch.com/articles/pch-crash-leaves-many-questions-unanswered).

Friend of Sarah's

September 15th, 2012

Dear close friends and family of Sarah, My heart and prayers go out to you. She was a wonderful girl whom I got to know personally and we took many rides together along pch. She had so much life ahead of her and it is such a tragedy that it was stripped away. She was a talented and special girl. She will be missed... R.I.P

Simple me

September 15th, 2012

What a horrible situation made worse by people thinking that just because you CAN say something, that you should. It all makes me quite ill.

Chelsea

September 16th, 2012

Amanda Walter, Sarah was one of my absolute dearest friends. There are absolutely no words to express the amazing person she was, how much we all love her, and how much she will be missed. Her friends and family are beyond devastated over this. I'm sure I speak for others when I say, I cannot thank you enough for coming to her aid, both here and in her last moments. It gives me some measure of comfort to know that someone was there with her, comforting her as she passed away. She will be forever missed.

A Human Being

September 16th, 2012

As a cyclist and driver in Newport, I'm truly saddened by this accident. As a human being I'm completely disturbed by this comment string. I'm glad there a few people like Amanda Walter out there among those more concerned with saying I told you so. Save the cycling safety views for the appropriate places (I am), not an article being ready by those close to her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

Kimberly

September 17th, 2012

My condolences to the family of Sarah. Sarah was our nutritionist at my place of work. She taught me a great deal about eating right and taking care of my body. I still make all the recipes she taught me! You will be missed Sarah - RIP.

monica miller

September 17th, 2012

@Amanda - i am so so sorry you had to see our beautiful little Sarah loose her life. My heart went out to you when i saw your name. I hope you were the last thing she saw or heard. Thank you for your post. I hope she did not realize what was going on and went away peacefully...i have to believe that.

Beachrdcyclist

September 22nd, 2012

our deepest condolences for such a tragic lost we have had 4 deaths on our beach rd over the years . We had the same issues you all face in Melbourne with our beach road but we have achieved amazing results by advocating hard for safer roads for all ,feel free to look over our website to see how we achieved this . Beachrdcyclist.com.au .best of luck to you all in making your beach rd safer. to avoid such a tragic event happening again. we have lost some fantastic lads over the years to ,on our beach rd , so take some comfort that Sarah now rides with them .


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