Coroner’s Office I.D.’s Bicyclist Killed in Truck Collision

posted: September 15th, 2012 06:02 am | 20Comments

The Orange County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the victim of a fatal bicycle crash that occurred Friday morning, according to an online press release.

Sarah Leaf, 29, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday at the scene of the accident, according the the release. A police investigation is underway and autopsy will be conducting, so further details about the cause of death are pending, the release said.

According to witnesses and police statements, Leaf was riding her bicycle on East Coast Highway and was preparing to make a right turn onto Bayside Drive when the driver of a stake-bed truck traveling the same direction made a right turn and hit her and ran over her. The accident occurred about 10:35 a.m.

Leaf was a certified nutritionist at the Shape-Up Fitness & Spa. Her colleagues were devastated, one woman said in an email, and were planning a tribute possibly for Monday.

Read our earlier story here.

20 Responses to “Coroner’s Office I.D.’s Bicyclist Killed in Truck Collision”


Karen - Client of Sarah

September 15th, 2012

Such sad news. Sarah was full of life and so committed to helping her clients. She was just darling. My sincere sympathy and prayers to her family, friends, and co-workers at Shape-Up.


September 15th, 2012

No one deserves to get hit and i doubt she was riding 2 or 3 wide, but i continue to be surprised to see ppacks of bikers ride 2 and 3 wide on major roads. I ride that route she was on and ride on the sidewalk there just for that reason. we need more commons sense


September 15th, 2012

Macy is a disgusting soul using this time of grief for his/her own whatever it is. Sarah was an amazing young girl - she did not deserve to be RUN OVER and killed.


September 15th, 2012

I second Marshall


September 15th, 2012

I have been sitting here thinking about Sarah and how horrible this all is. My daughter is just a year older than she, Her parents have to be devastated ! Our thoughts and prayers are with them now. Macy if you have any ounce of dignity along with respect for Sarah and her loved ones , you will remove your post !


September 15th, 2012

Some friends and I rode with Sarah that morning for a few miles through Huntington Beach, and chit-chatted about her new bike she was trying out. It was a beautiful day and she was full of smiles. This makes me ill to hear this news. My condolences to the family and friends of Sarah. If there is anything I can do to help please contact me

krista sinacori

September 15th, 2012

my heart aches for her family. i was a client a few years back and she completely changed how i looked at diet, exercise and nutrition for myself AND my family. she changed us for the better and lived what she taught. you could feel her passion for what she did. i recommended her to so many of my friends who felt the sme way. she will be missed.


September 16th, 2012

Sarah was an amazing and beautiful person, inside and out. Sarah inspired the people around her with her positive attitude and charisma. My heart goes out to her friends and family, and I miss her dearly. *Macy, its a shame that you didnt get a chance to know Sarah, because I promise you would be as devistated as the rest of us at her loss.


September 16th, 2012

My comment to Macy, Why would you speculate on such a thing? There is no indication that Sarah was any way at fault for this accident. It is a terrible tragedy, and a time for mourning the loss of a beautiful and loved young woman.


September 16th, 2012

Macy is giving a suggestion which may prevent another death.

Nancy Schneider

September 16th, 2012

I am just devastated about the news. I was a client of hers and she was a lovely young woman with everything to live for. She was just great. I just don't have the words. My deepest sympathy to her familyand her extended family at Shape Up.


September 16th, 2012

Here's a suggestion to both Macy and Robin...don't speculate on what happened or how it could have been prevented until the details are released. Riding on a sidewalk has its own set of dangers. Just have sympathy for everyone involved.

Norma Shechtman

September 16th, 2012

I just saw this article and am in shock. Sarah was an amazing person who really helped so many people. She always was friendly, caring and a wonderful person. My condolences to her family, friends and those that worked with her at Shape-up.


September 17th, 2012

She was my neighbor in Carlsbad, was a lovely girl! So beautiful and full of life! We will all miss her in our neighborhood and in our book club.. Does anyone know about her funeral arrangements?


September 17th, 2012

Kevin, I am not commenting on the accident of 9-14-2012, I am commenting on riding 2-3 wide on the right turn onto Bayside from southbound PCH.


September 17th, 2012

So very sad!! I did not know Sarah but based on the posts, she must have been a very nice person and my sincere, sincere condolences for her family. As for Macy, I agree that riding bikes, on PCH is dangerous, howvever have some tact! This blog is not the place for your suggestions. Try not be a KnoW it all!


September 17th, 2012

She was a not only a member here at LA Boxing Costa Mesa but family! Always full of smiles and loved to suggest health/nutrition tips to us fighters. Thank you sarah for the great memories. RIP


September 17th, 2012

Sarah was a wonderfully energetic and enthusiastic woman. She encouraged me to work on a healthier diet and made a big difference. I am glad that I met Sarah and so sorry to hear about this tragedy. My heart goes out to her family and friends.


September 19th, 2012

Any time you hear of such an accident, wherein a life is lost, it is nothing but sad. At the same time, there must be a message so that perhaps a life can be spared. It is extremely dangerous to ride in the street in traffic - especially along PCH. I travel this road constantly. If a bike collides with a car, the loser is typically the bike rider. TIme and again people are lost. There are safe paths and trails. No matter who's at fault - when no one's at fault - it's a tragedy. God Bless this young woman and may she rest in peace. Condolences to family/friends ... Yes, it's a tragedy.


September 21st, 2012

Its a shame what happened but remember its not like the poor guy that hit her said i going to run her over. It was just a very sad turn of events

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