Police Seek Information on Fatal Bicycle Crash

posted: November 7th, 2013 07:36 am | 9Comments


Newport Beach police are seeking information from the public about a crash that killed a male bicyclist Wednesday night at San Joaquin Hills Road and Marguerite Avenue.

The crash occurred about 7:41 p.m. A Newport Beach Fire Department news release said a “passenger vehicle” struck the bicyclist, who has not been identified by officials. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, the police news release said.

UPDATE: The Orange County coroner’s website has identified the cyclist as Paul Lin, 41, of Irvine.

“The circumstances of the collision are still under investigation,” the release said. “If anyone has information regarding this collision, please contact Investigator Scott Grecco at (949) 644-3747.”

UPDATE: Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said today That police have determined that the bicyclist was travelling northbound on Marguerite, turning onto westbound San Joaquin Hills Road at the time of the collision, and the vehicle was travelling westbound on San Joaquin Hills Road.

Witnesses said streets were closed in the area for hours, including San Joaquin Hills Road between Crown Drive and Marguerite Avenue.

The fatal bicycle crash is the second this year in Newport Beach.

Debra H. Deem, 58, was cycling westbound on East Coast Highway about 4:27 p.m. Aug. 28 when she and a westbound white minivan collided. Deem was taken to the Mission Hospital trauma center but died the next day. Police have said that crash was not a hit-and-run but declined to give other details, including exactly where in the roadway the crash occurred, because they did not want to taint the investigation; read our story here.

Last year, cyclists were outraged when two women were killed in two consecutive days in Newport Beach. Sarah Leaf was killed in a bicycle accident on Sept. 14, and Catherine Campion-Ritz was killed while cycling by a hit-and-run driver the next day; read our stories here and here.

Other bicycle fatalities in Newport Beach in recent years included the death of Amine Britel on San Joaquin Hills Road in February 2011; read our story here. In July 2010, Michael Nine was killed after a crash on Spyglass Hill Road; read our story here. On July 23, 2009, Darryl Benefiel, 43, was killed on Ridge Park Road when a car turning onto Tesoro struck him on his bicycle. Benefiel’s death led to the creation of the Newport Beach Task Force on Cycling Safety.

In December 2010, a hit-and-run crash killed a cyclist at Ford and Jamboree roads; read our story here. In August 2010, and Irvine man died after a crash on Newport Coast Drive; read our story here.

Newport Beach city officials are currently working on creating a Bicycle Master Plan to improve bicycle safety in the city.

9 Responses to “Police Seek Information on Fatal Bicycle Crash”



November 7th, 2013

Does anyone know what happened up at Newport Coast & San Joaquin Hills last night?


November 7th, 2013

Wtf is wrong with these drivers? How do you not slow down when you see a herd of bikers? How many more innocent people have to die before some very strict and hard punishments will be enacted against these distracted and careless drivers? This makes me sick. God bless the poor victims family.


November 8th, 2013

Relax Gigi, There is a 50/50 chance its the bikers fault and in my experience living 100 yds from that intersection and being a weekend biker, odds might be in the cars favor with the way bikers blow through that light and go way out in the middle of traffic lanes

David Huntsman

November 8th, 2013

Jeff, there are no bike lanes at three entrances to the intersection of Marguerite and San Joaquin Hills Rd. The only bike lane is on Marguerite approaching San Joaquin Hills Rd and it ends well before the intersection - where a left turning cyclist is expected to merge across lanes to use the left turn lane (which is totally normal, even though nerve wracking due to the speed of cars there). There are no bike lanes on San Joaquin Hills Rd or on Marguerite Ave going up the hill past the church, toward the schools. In any case, the use of "the middle of traffic lanes" by bike riders is normal and especially so at intersections.

Jim Freibert

November 8th, 2013

Police are investigating and no facts were stated about the lights, or fault in the accidient. Isn't it tragic that some people are speculating on blame and fault, without any of the facts... especially when both bicyclists and automobile drivers so casually ignore red lights. Even more sad is the FACT we know, a man is dead, he happened to be on a bike ride, he will not be seeing his family and friends again on this planet. People are grieving, other than cyclists who have lost friends, a family, does anyone care?


November 9th, 2013

The city needs to re-evaluate the use of trigger stoplights - where the left turn signal is only triggered by a full-sized car in the lane. These stoplights leave cyclists with tough, risky choices (unless a car happens to be there to trigger the light). Don't know the circumstances of this specific accident but I know that intersection and it is a problem there.


November 11th, 2013

Jeff: there is a 100% chance the cyclist is dead. How can you allocate blame? The mass and speed differential would behoove the Newport Beach driver to use caution, regardless of the situation. But the Newport Beach driver can't imagine why his Range Rover shouldn't go 90mph at all times.


November 12th, 2013

From the comments I read and the majority of cyclist’s I hear speak on the subject of riding in the streets with motorists the cyclist ALWAYS wants to blame the driver of the car when an accident happens. Quite frankly I witness too often the recklessness of the cyclist in CDM mostly on the hills and on PCH where there’s not a ton of room but now has a dedicated bike lane. Yes, everyone needs to share the road but sanity would suggest that drivers simply aren't going to magically stop hitting cyclists just like they can't stop hitting other cars even if there was a harsh penalty for doing so. So if you're going to ride a bike in the middle of the street you have to accept the risks just like you do when you get behind the wheel of a car because a careless driver can kill you whether you're on a bike or driving a car! Maybe the cyclist can slow down and use a crosswalk? Maybe the driver didn’t have to go so fast or anticipate the green light and hit the intersection so fast? Whatever the reason for this senseless death is moot and the caution has to be taken by all whether riding a bike or driving in a car because no matter what you risk your life each and every time you do either.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Toronto

November 14th, 2013

Its very bad news. My sincere sympathy with that bicycler's family. Hope police will investigate all the truth.

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