One Month After Fatal Crash, Investigation Continues

posted: October 16th, 2012 08:13 am | 0No Comments

A month after bicyclist Sarah Leaf was killed on East Coast Highway, Newport Beach police continue to investigate the crash.

Leaf, 29, was cycling eastbound at Bayside Drive when a stake-bed truck making a right turn onto Bayside Drive struck her on Sept. 14. Leaf died at the scene; read our earlier stories here and here.

According to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe, the truck driver has not been arrested or cited while the investigation continues.

Leaf’s death, along with the death of cyclist Catherine Campion-Ritz the following day on Newport Coast Drive, outraged friends and cycling safety advocates, who attended a special Bicycle Safety Committee meeting and demanded immediate improvements.

Since that Sept. 17 meeting, city officials have created a Bike Safety Fund, which will matches private contributions with up to $450,000 in city funds in a 3:1 ratio. The city also has pushed forward plans to add sharrow markings on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

The city also is sponsoring a Memorial Ride in honor of Leaf and Campion-Ritz on Oct. 28 at Fashion Island. According to the event’s website, the ride has collected $19,242 before expenses as of Oct. 11.

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