There’s been a report of a bicycling fatality in North Hollywood this morning.
My father was killed riding his bicycle this morning. He was a seasoned rider, Had been riding all of his adult life. He started riding his bike to work when I turned five, this was 31 years ago. We lived at the 170 & 5 freeway, and he worked in hollywood at Santa Monica and highland for Hanna Barbera. He rode his bike to work everyday. He owned one pair of pants and wore shorts everywhere, even when we went to the snow.
What is happening that we are moving too fast in our cars that we cannot notice those around us? Be it, walking, on a motorcycle, or on a bicycle.
What can we do to protect pedestrians these days as pedestrian deaths are rising.
A follow-up comment indicated that the crash occurred at Victory Blvd and Tujunga Ave at 8:15 am.
However, there’s no independent confirmation of the crash at this time.
This is the 51st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 20th in Los Angeles County; it’s also the sixth in the City of Los Angeles.
Update: Urban Avenger says the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division has confirmed the fatality, and will issue a press release on Monday.
Update 2: I’ve received additional confirmation of the death from the LAPD, though no further details are available at this time.
Update 3: Still waiting on a promised press release from the LAPD with more information; however, the have confirmed the identity of the victim as William DeBoer.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for William DeBoer and his family.
Thanks to BikeLA redditors for the heads-up.