Sad news from the San Diego area, where a woman has died following a left-cross collision in Imperial Beach.
According to the Times of San Diego, 60-year old Kathleen Ann Cua was pronounced brain dead a day after she was hit by a left-turning driver.
And yes, she was wearing a helmet.
The crash occurred around 5:15 Saturday evening at the intersection of Palm Ave and 4th Street in Imperial Beach.
The Union-Tribune reports she was one of three people riding east in the bike lane on Palm, when she was struck by the driver of a car, crashing into the windshield. She was taken to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, where she died.
The driver remained at the scene, and police do not suspect he was under the influence.
However, he told investigators that he did not see Cua until she hit his windshield — which should be seen as a confession, rather than an excuse.
He also told the U-T he didn’t think Cua saw him before the impact, an odd statement considering his claim that didn’t even know she was there.
Evidently, he was somehow able to read her mind at the moment of impact. Or maybe he just saw a look of surprise as he slammed into her.
This is the eighth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second in San Diego County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Kathleen Ann Cua and all her loved ones.
Thanks to Jeff Kucharski for the heads-up.