Update: Bike rider killed in collision with Metro bus in LA’s Hyde Park neighborhood

For the second time in less than two weeks, a bike rider has been killed in a collision with a Metro bus.

According to KCBS-2, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was hit by the bus around 3:15 pm Monday near Crenshaw Boulevard and Brynhurst Avenue. He or she became pinned underneath, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Unfortunately, no other details are available at this time.

A street view shows two lanes in each direction on Crenshaw, with the street narrowed due to construction on the Crenshaw Line on the center median.

This comes just ten days after 13-year old Ciara Smith was killed when she was hit by a Metro bus in Redondo Beach.

This is the 21st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 12th in Los Angeles County; it’s also the third in the City of Los Angeles.

Update: David Wolfberg provides more information about this tragedy, along with photos from the site. 

The ghost bike was placed last night.  We learned from after-the-crash witnesses that the bike and victim had been dragged for half a block on southbound Crenshaw before stopping just north of Brynhurst – literally between a billboard for a personal injury attorney service to the north on the east side of Crenshaw (“Don’t wait, Call 8!” you can see on the street view) and the Harrison-Ross Mortuary on the west/south.    Apparently there’s also a pedestrian & bike safety billboard on the other side of of the personal injury one – I’ll check that tonight.
The Google Map view (see street view link above) from January still holds except the cones are gone – so, two lanes of not so great pavement between curb and k-rails.  There’s even a worn out sharrow in front of Highly Favored Hair Studio.  Last night, instead of slowing down for a construction zone, cars were speeding and speeding up as they passed us, and we nearly witnessed another crash as a car stopped just north of the ghost bike to pick up a passenger from the sidewalk.  I worry not just for cyclists, but for everyone here including construction workers who park (in a heavily guarded lot) a block down on the NW corner of Crenshaw and 48th then must cross into the construction area.
We’re told the victim was male.   A reply on NextDoor indicates the victim was a minor.  We had guessed, given the timing, that it was a kid biking home from school.  I don’t want to speculate too much, but it did not look like an intersection crash where the bike flew in from out of nowhere.  I could picture a rider trying to hug the curb and coming across the rough patch adjacent to the sharrow (check street view at 4427 Crenshaw) and faltering in front of the bus.

Update: According to a comment by the victim’s sister, his name is Luis Alvarez, a 21-year old resident of Cicero, Illinois. The family has started a GoFundMe account to bring him back home and pay funeral expenses. 

According to the LAPD’s South Traffic bike liaison, Alvarez apparently passed the bus on the right, then was hit by the bus when he attempted to move back to the right to make a right turn onto Brynhurst. There’s no word yet on whether the bus was stopped or moving prior to the crash; however, a street view does not show a bus stop on that corner. 

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Luis Alvarez and all his loved ones.

 

11 comments

  1. JD says:

    We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of the victim.

  2. Tom Forsyth says:

    Condolences to the family and friends.

  3. Joshua Cohen says:

    This is a horrible tragedy and was likely preventable. I hate to pile on with the other PI attorneys, but I have litigated against Metro and know that their own training materials state that the driver is at least partially at fault in bus v. bike crashes. Metro trains drivers extensively to look for cyclists, to assume they cannot see, and avoid them. I am happy to share it with whoever wants it, including other attorneys and/or the family. No strings attached. Either way, sending my deepest condolences and positive energy.

  4. Elizabeth Hernandez says:

    That was my brother who got hit by that bus. This post means so much to me as it probably would’ve to him. Thank you for all of the condolences.

    • bikinginla says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Elizabeth. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

      Would you mind telling us your brother’s name so we can add it to this story, and put it on the ghost bike?

      • Elizabeth Hernandez says:

        His name was Luis Alvarez, he was just 21 years old. He was here in L.A just to meet our grandparents, we’re from Cicero Illinois. We’re now trying our hardest to bring him back home and have his funeral with all his friends and family.

      • Elizabeth Hernandez says:

        His name was Luis Alvarez, he was just 21 years old. He was here in L.A just to meet our grandparents, we’re from Cicero Illinois. We’re now trying our hardest to bring him back home and have his funeral with all his friends and family. We have started a gofundme to help us bring him back home since we have nobody here in California trying to help us..

        • bikinginla says:

          It looks like this is the link to the GoFundMe account. Is that correct? And have you retained a lawyer? I can recommend some very good attorneys in the LA area who are well versed in bike law if you like. A lawyer may be able to help cut through some of the red tape and help get your brother home. I have your email if you’d like me to contact you.

          • Elizabeth Hernandez says:

            Yes that is correct, that’s the gofundme account. Once again thank you for taking your time to write about his accident and thank you for all of the condolences.

    • Aubrey Provost says:

      Elizabeth.
      I did not know your Brother wish i had. All cyclist are precious creatures.
      Aubrey

  5. Aubrey Provost says:

    Elizabeth.
    I did not know your Brother wish i had. All cyclist are precious creatures.
    Aubrey

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