Sadly, word is just filtering in that a bicyclist died earlier this month, weeks after he was doored while riding in the South Bay.
Terrance Owen Brooks died while riding on April 12th, reportedly the result of a blood clot that may have resulted from the dooring a couple weeks earlier. I’m told Brooks was examined at a hospital following the collision, and released after doctors found only contusions.
However, his broken helmet suggests he may have needed a more extensive neurological examination than he received. It’s difficult to say conclusively that the clot resulted from the dooring, but it seems likely.
Brooks reportedly was a bike racer; however, I have been unable to find information about him online. Michael Eisenberg quotes his memorial card as saying:
His most recent accomplishment was placing number 2 out of 42,000 contestants worldwide and number 1 in the USA in the Anchor (cycling) Challenge in December 2013 sponsored by Strava.
He was 49 years old.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information at this time. If anyone has more details, please leave a comment below or email the address on the About page.
This is the 37th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and 15th in Los Angeles County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Terrance Owen Brooks and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Michael Eisenberg for the information.
I’m told Brooks may also have been known as Terrance Jackson; Issakov suggests this may be his Facebook page. If so, the last entry from him is dated April 4th.
Update 2: A comment from Brook’s fiancé places the date of the original dooring as April 5th, and confirms that her died of a seizure while riding one week later. And that the hospital failed to perform a neurological exam, despite his broken helmet.