A 79-year old bicyclist has died after being hit by a car in Huntington Beach.
According to the Orange County Register, Westminster resident Ernest Klein was riding east on Bolsa Avenue, in an industrial area west of Able Lane, just after 11:15 am Wednesday when he was hit by a 2009 BMW. He was taken to UCI Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The paper reports that the driver remained at the scene, and that the investigation continues. Unfortunately, there’s no information suggesting how the collision occurred or who might have been at fault.
But it breaks my heart to think that someone still active enough to be riding at that age has to lose his life in something as needless as a traffic collision.
This is the ninth cycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth in Orange County. That compares with 13 SoCal fatalities in the first two months of 2011, and four in Orange County this time last year.
My heart and prayers go out to Klein’s family and loved ones.