More bad news on what should have been a weekend of celebration after a last minute reprieve for the Marathon Crash Ride.
KNBC-4 is reporting that a Glendale man in his late 20s was killed after riding his bike through a red light in Glendale this morning.
According to the station, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding at the intersection of Glendale and California Avenues at 7:10 am when he allegedly rode through the light at a fast pace, and was hit by a car. He was taken to USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver, identified only as a woman in her 40s, remained at the scene and was not arrested.
No other details are available at this time.
As always, the question is whether there were any independent witnesses, other than the driver, who saw him run the red light. It’s too easy to blame the victim when it’s impossible for him to give his side of the story.
This is the 24rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 11th in Los Angeles County.
My sincere prayers and sympathy for the victim and his loved ones.
Update: Evidently, there was another witness. According to the Glendale News Press,
(Sgt. Tom) Lorenz said a witness at the nearby Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf saw the cyclist, headed south on Glendale Avenue, run a red light before being struck by a car headed east. “He didn’t even slow down,” he said, adding the driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, has been cleared of any fault.
Thanks to Rogelio Yanez for the link.
Update 2: the Glendale News-Press has identified the victim as 25-year old Melik Khanamiryan, presumably of Glendale. Thanks to Danny Gamboa for the link.