Bicyclist Killed in CdM

posted: November 6th, 2013 08:58 pm | 14Comments

An unidentified male bicyclist was killed tonight when a vehicle struck him on San Joaquin Hills Road at Marguerite Avenue, a Newport Beach Fire Department news release said.

The passenger vehicle struck the cyclist at 7:42 p.m., the release said.

“An unidentified male in his 30’s suffered traumatic injuries and was pronounced deceased by Newport Beach Fire Department Paramedics,” the release said. “The scene is under investigation by Newport Beach Police Department.”

No other details were immediately available. Corona del Mar Today readers have said that police crime scene investigators are on scene and that roads in the area are closed.


14 Responses to “Bicyclist Killed in CdM”

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DANA

November 7th, 2013

It's such a shame. I don't understand why cyclists even ride the roads around here. So much traffic, so many injuries and fatalities from cars that hit them. Ride on a bike path, where they don't have to share the road with vehicles! It's not worth the risk. Not only does the cyclist's loved ones suffer from this loss, the individual that struck the cyclist has to live with this tragedy.

CdM_NpB_Best_OC_Bike_City

November 7th, 2013

Protected bike lanes on all of San Joaquin Road and Newport Coast Drive is the best solution. Reduce the width of the sidewalks if you have to to make it happen! There's so much sidewalk space on those streets, and I hardly see people use them for the amount of space that is available.

Mark

November 7th, 2013

I agree with Dana that it is a shame and unfortunate loss to read about these accidents. However, there is ample space one the roads because planners had the foresight to include bike lanes, very unlike other parts of the country. What makes it dangerous is when drivers are distracted by other things and take their eyes off the road, whether its a phone call, a text or email message or changing the radio station. I ride regularly around here and the closest encounters I've had are when a car inexplicably swerves into the bike lane. If drivers paid more attention to the road ahead and less attention to distractions in the car, I would bet nearly all of the accidents around here would not occur. I'm not saying cyclists are without fault because I've seen some do really stupid things like running red lights and stop signs. There is no magic fix to this other than drivers and cyclists need to pay attention to the road ahead and observe the rules of the road. My prayers to the family of the victim.

Ramon

November 7th, 2013

While I fully understand the sentiment, Dana, I'll have to disagree with the advice for cyclists to ride on bike paths instead. First, it's the right of cyclists to be on the road. I don't mean some self-enforced "right", either. It's actually in California state law. Second, I'm fairly certain there would be many cyclists on the bike path that parallels San Joaquin Hills road... if one existed. Thus, it would be just a bit incorrect to suggest that cyclists ride on a bike path instead of the road when no bike paths connect their origins and destinations. Third, let's not make suggestions for the change of actions until all the information is at hand. There are many, many factors that could have contributed to this collision (cyclist had no lights/reflectors and was in dark clothing, distracted driver, failure to yield right of way by either the cyclist or driver, etc.). After all, if it was the driver at fault, would it be ethical to suggest that cyclists change their behavior? Would that not be blaming the victim for the crimes of the offender? Let's all just focus on the general advice that always applies: Don't allow yourself to be distracted on the road, be visible and predictable, and follow the laws of the road.

Paul Haussler

November 7th, 2013

I learned about this accident on KTLA Morning News. Whatever the cause, it is a shame. Cyclists and motorists are subject to the same laws and rules of the road. A lot of motorists and cyclists do not realize it. In collisions with motor vehicles, cyclists lose - It's simple physics. Motorists look for other motor vehicles, not cycllists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and so on. I used to lead a holiday lights ride and warned riders to beware of horses on the Back Bay bike paths. Horses, dogs, most joggers, etc. don't have lights. Paul Haussler, Cyclist and SAG driver

Vegandawg

November 7th, 2013

Horrible to hear. Riding on the road is really dangerous. I know this group and they had lights. Need to convert sidewalks into dedicated bike lanes. Noone walks on them anyways. Screw riding on the road.

CdM_NpB_Best_OC_Bike_City

November 7th, 2013

I'd like to clarify my comment above.......Protected bike lanes are the best solution if the city isn't going to do anything to reduce the speed of traffic in the areas where a fatality has occurred.

David Huntsman

November 7th, 2013

@Mark, just to clarify, there are no bike lanes at the intersection of Marguerite Avenue and San Joaquin Hills Rd.

Penelope

November 7th, 2013

Unfortunately the cyclist ran a red light. The driver had the right of way. Tragic all the way around. :(

minh

November 7th, 2013

I am a cyclist. Don't jump on DANA, she probably not riding bike hence not fully understand why cyclist need to ride on road. This morning I was driving North of Hwy 5, middle lane, between Culver and Jamboree section. Traffic was light and flow steady, on my left couple cars were not spacing out to allow braking in case of sudden slowdown and one driver is looking down at cell phone constantly. Sure enough the traffic slow down and the same cars just bang the front vehicle which make the one behind it couldn't stop in time and rear end the rest. Agree with several points above, drivers need to drive and only drive not doing anything else, it will reduce lots of meaningless accidents, senseless injury or worse death in case of Newport Beach.

Cyclist

November 7th, 2013

Reading different forums and collecting info on this crash one thing that you should consider... The typical bike is lit front and rear when riding at night. When making a left turn your lights are nearly invisible to a driver coming at your perpendicular. Using Google Maps I measure 140-160 feet depending on lane selection and path of travel that the cyclist had to cover from turn lane to curb lane during which they will be nearly invisible to approaching cars. The posted speed limit of cars approaching the intersection westbound is 55mph which is 80.6 ft/sec. This means if the light cycles there is only 2 seconds to clear the oncoming cars path of travel. I do not have any info other than what is in the media, just want cyclist to be aware of the situations they face.

Corona del Mar Today Staff

November 7th, 2013

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Penelope

November 7, 2013

Unfortunately the cyclist ran a red light. The driver had the right of way. Tragic all the way around. :(

Did you witness the crash? Because police haven't released that.

Monica

November 18th, 2013

Penelope, it's ashamed that you would even write that. I ride that intersection with our cycling group on weekends on our way to Shady Canyon. The light cycles are very short there. My understanding is that the cyclist did not run the light but was caught in the intersection when it changed to red. The driver of the car was approaching the intersection at speed, as the lights on San Joaquin are timed (at speed), and never saw Mr. Lin as he made his way to the bike lane on San Joaquin. I agree with the conversion and widening of sidewalks for cyclists. The problem remains with the intersections.

EJ

January 4th, 2014

So sad to hear another innocent biker is a victim. I love to bike, but I always use the sidewalks because of the dangers. The line painted on the street is no safety to bikers, especially with the distractions of texting, cell phones, etc. Unfortunately, if there is a collision, the car wins and not the bike. The solution is guardrails or sidewalks.


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