Update: Cyclist dies from injuries received in solo Redondo Beach collision

One of the metal objects that may have caused Larry Schellhase to fall.

I’ve just received word that a long-time member of the Los Angeles Wheelmen died on as a result of a solo collision last week.

According to an email that was forwarded to me, Larry Schellhase was riding with his wife Cathy and some friends in Redondo Beach on Thursday. As they were riding on Catalina just south of Emerald, not far from the pier, Larry apparently hit some metal debris that was laying in the roadway and went over his handlebars.

The writer reports that he landed face first and motionless on the roadway, bleeding from the nose and barely breathing. Paramedics arrived within minutes and began manual CPR before taking Larry to the hospital, along with his wife.

Were these clamps used to secure a nearby termite treatment tent?

Unfortunately, he died on Sunday, reportedly as a result of a broken neck.

What appears to be Larry Shellhase’s Facebook page lists him as a graduate of Lynwood High and Cal State LA in 1961 and 1966, respectively. Meanwhile, the L.A. Wheelmen’s website shows him as the 2008 winner of the Jack Flynn Trophy for “long-time service to the club and to cycling.”

I’ve reached out to the author of the email for permission to use what he wrote, as well as photos of the debris that apparently caused the collision.

This is the 12th cycling fatality in Southern California this year, compared with 20 traffic-related cycling deaths this time last year, and the second in Los Angeles County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Larry Schellhase, and all his family and loved ones.

Update: Redondo Beach Patch confirms that the 68-year old Schellhase died as a result of injuries to his head and neck. Police are seeking witness; anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Bill Turner at 310-379-2477 extension 2721 or email him at bill.turner@redondo.org.

Jim Hannon, president of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition, forwards word that one of their members thinks the metal objects that Schellhase ran into may have been clamps used to secure the tent for a recent termite treatment on Catalina Ave.

Update 2: I mistakenly wrote that this was the 10th cycling fatality in in Southern California this year; it’s actually the 12th.

Update 3: The Daily Breeze reports on Schellhase’s death, placing the time of the collision at 12:40 pm; he was on his way back from a regular Thursday morning ride from the Marina to Rat Beach in Torrance when he fell.

5 comments

  1. D. D. Syrdal says:

    How tragic. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

  2. Erik G. says:

    This is terrible and it makes me wish there was some way to have our roads swept more often. What about attaching super-magnets to municipal vehicles so they could “clean” this stuff up as they drive along?

  3. Renee Sands says:

    So saddened to hear about another unfortunate death in bike group. May Larry and J.R. rest in peace. My regrets to Kathy, what a terrible tragedy.

  4. RIP Larry. I really feel for his wife having been there to witness the whole ordeal. At the end of the day it’s a really unfortunate accident, there is blame to placed and negligence, but it would be futile to try to lay this on someone. As for the fatality numbers for SoCal, I am quite shocked, that’s more in a quarter than all of Australia has in an entire year.

  5. geano contessotto says:

    Just sitting in front of the computer remembering old friends when I came across this. Cathy, you have our deepest sympathy and I only wish that we had remained in touch over the years. Debbie and I wish you the best and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Geano & Debbie Contessotto

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