Update: San Diego cyclist killed in pre-dawn trolley collision

More bad news today.

Multiple sources are reporting that a San Diego bike rider was killed by a trolley in the city’s Barrio Logan neighborhood.

The victim, identified only as a 27-year old man, reportedly stopped at the trolley crossing alongside Harbor Drive near Sampson Street around 5:45 this morning.

After a southbound trolley passed, he rode around the crossing bars, and was immediately struck by a second trolley headed in the opposite direction. Emergency personnel tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said that he was wearing earbuds, and may not have heard the second trolley approaching.

San Diego’s KUSI TV reports employees of both Naval Base San Diego and cyber-defense company BAE Systems, located nearby, rushed to the scene, concerned the victim may have been one of their co-workers.

This is a tragic reminder to always wait until the crossing arms are raised before walking or riding across any railroad tracks.

This is the 25th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fifth in San Diego County; it’s also the third bike-related death in San Diego since the first of the year.

Update: The victim has been identified as 27-year old Robert Jamil-Hanna Warren, possibly of National City.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.

7 comments

  1. JD says:

    Our earnest prayers go up for the family and friends of the young victim.

  2. This is a tragic reminder to always wait until the crossing arms are raised…

    Yes…

    My sympathies to the man’s family and friends.

  3. Steve Cook says:

    And, not to wear earbuds in both ears

  4. Mike Kim says:

    christ, this is like a daily death in socal. please tell me at least ridership is up.

    • bikinginla says:

      Anecdotally, ridership is up, but I don’t know of any recent stats on how many people are riding bikes in SoCal. On the other hand, many of the recent deaths could have been avoided with more caution on the rider’s part.

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