Updates on Ridge Park Cycle Fatality Case

posted: December 29th, 2009 06:34 pm | 4Comments

darryl02a.JPGCharges will not be filed against the driver who struck and killed a bicyclist last summer on Ridge Park Road, police said today.

Darryl Benefiel, 43, was killed when a car turning onto Tesoro struck him on his bicycle just after 5 p.m. on July 23. Lt. Craig Fox said police submitted the case to the Orange County District Attorney’s
Office, but they did not file any charges against the driver.

Meanwhile, The Daily Pilot is reporting that Benefiel’s mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Newport Beach as well as the driver and the owner of the car that struck Benefiel. Read the Pilot story here.

To read Corona del Mar Today’s earlier coverage of the crash, click here or here.

Benefiel’s death was one of the factors in the city’s formation of a bicycle safety task force, which has met three times. Read our stories about the task force here, here and here.

A bicycle safety New Year’s Eve ride also is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, meeting at Bandera. Read more about the ride here.


4 Responses to “Updates on Ridge Park Cycle Fatality Case”

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City Cyclist

December 30th, 2009

The two bicycle fatalities for 2009 in Newport Beach were similar in terms of hills, no bike lanes, and no warning signs. Both cyclists were in their forties with career jobs. Newport Beach economized on road design and is obligated for restitution to the family members of the deceased cyclists.

Karmen Arterberry

February 3rd, 2010

Hi there, nice site with good info. I really like coming back here often. There's only one thing that annoys me and that is the misfunctioning of comment posting. I usually get to 500 error page, and have to do the post twice.

Corona del Mar Today Staff

February 3rd, 2010

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Karmen Arterberry

February 3, 2010

Hi there, nice site with good info. I really like coming back here often. There's only one thing that annoys me and that is the misfunctioning of comment posting. I usually get to 500 error page, and have to do the post twice.

Thanks for your perseverance! I'm sorry and have already begun investigating. Hadn't heard this before -- anyone else getting an error message?

CORONA DEL MAR TODAY » Crash Victim Identified; Cycling Advocates Outraged

July 15th, 2010

[...] was killed on Ridge Park Road when a car turning onto Tesoro struck him on his bicycle; read more here. Benefiel’s death led to the creation of the Newport Beach Task Force on Cycling Safety, [...]


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