Note: I have to take my laptop into Apple on Monday for a repair it shouldn’t need after just 16 months, but apparently does. So this may be my last update for a few days until I can get it back; I’ll be out of email contact for the most part, as well.
Police finally identified the victim in last week’s Oceanside hit-and-run, a day after he was named here by family members.
According to San Diego 6, 28-year old Oceanside resident Philip White was found lying dead in the roadway on the morning of September 21st; evidence at the scene suggested he had been hit by a green Kia Soul.
Police quickly found the vehicle, and have identified the owner as 22-year old Christopher Noah of San Diego. Yet a full week later, Noah has not been arrested and no charges have been filed.
The delay may be due to difficulty proving Noah was behind the wheel at the time of the collision.
Let’s hope that when an arrest is finally made, the charges will reflect the seriousness of the crime. Had the driver stopped and rendered aid, as the law requires, it’s possible that White’s life may have been saved; instead, the person who ran him down made a conscious decision to let his victim die in the street rather than face the consequences of his actions.
If that doesn’t warrant a murder charge, I don’t know what does.
Meanwhile, a fund has been established to help the family pay for funeral and other related expenses arising from White’s unexpected death. They’re only asking for $5000; any money beyond what’s needed will be donated to charity organizations such as MADD and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
Then there’s this comment contained in an email from a member of White’s family, which is definitely worth sharing.
The cycling community has shown an overwhelming amount of support and sorrow for someone they probably did not know and it has given real comfort to our family.
Let’s never forget that what we do and say can touch the people who need it most, when they need it most.
A drunk driver who went on a violent road raging rampage through Palos Verdes last year has finally been charged in the case.
According to the Daily Breeze, 66-year old William Thomas Kelly faces charges of “assault with a deadly weapon using a vehicle, making terrorist threats, driving under the influence, vandalism and hit-and-run.”
Let’s hope it hurt like hell when the DA threw the book at him.
Kelly started by crashing his Audi into a woman’s car. Then backing up and hitting her again.
He went on to deliberately assault a cyclist, attempt to run over a pedestrian, sideswipe a car, hit another one, ram several cars in a parking lot, and rear end a car before sideswiping another one, then intentionally backing into it.
But wait, he wasn’t done.
Kelly drove on to intentionally sideswipe and back into yet another car before ramming into three locked fences and, finally, passing out behind the wheel of his disabled car.
Other than that, though, he was a perfect driver.
The Daily Breeze quotes the bike rider in describing what happened after he yelled at Kelly for clipping him in a too-close pass and running him off the road.
The bicyclist, Doug Castile, said that afternoon that the driver backed up behind him and pushed him and his bike into the bushes at the side of the road.
“At that point, my feet are clipped in the pedals on my bike,” he said. “I unclipped my feet and jumped off the bike into the plants and he’s running over my bicycle back and forth.”
Castile said the driver then noticed him reach into his pocket to get his phone.
“He says, ‘What are you reaching for, a gun?’ It just was so odd to hear that statement. I took my hand out of my pocket. I thought this guy is capable of anything,” Castile said.
Thanks to Jim Lyle for the heads-up.
No justice for fallen Newport Beach cyclist Debra Deem, as the DA drops all charges against the 85-year old driver who killed her, following a mistrial earlier this month.
LA’s Bureau of Street Services recommends removing roadside memorials — including ghost bikes — from city property after just 30 days; thanks to Danny Gamboa for the link.
Eastsiders worry that Sunday’s CicLAvia will bring hipsters and gentrification to Boyle Heights.
Two South LA men sharing a single bike are injured when a driver runs a red light; the victims were hospitalized with broken limbs, internal injuries and head trauma. Naturally, the driver was not arrested at the scene.
Nice. Seven years ago, a 34-year old former Army sergeant was confined to a wheelchair, riddled with pain and addicted to opiates; on Sunday, he planned to ride 90 miles in the Beverly Hills Gran Fondo, thanks to a new medical device.
Actor and 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer Jared Leto rides a bike in Studio City.
BikeSGV picks up the Bike the Vote mantle, with a questionnaire completed by Alhambra city council candidate Eric Sunada.
This Sunday a section of Santa Ana will go car-free, the same day CicLAvia extends into Boyle Heights for the first time.
An OC trail rider gets a helicopter rescue after he’s injured while riding on Whiting Ranch.
A San Diego collision between a police car, a bicyclist and another vehicle sends five people to the hospital; a later report says the police car spun onto the sidewalk and hit eight Brazilian tourists on rented bikes.
The next time someone says bike riders have to obey the law too, ask them who the “too” refers to. Because most drivers don’t, either.
A San Francisco writer says the new three-foot law means drivers will have to break the law to do the right thing, and that protected bike lanes are the way to go. Unfortunately, Governor Brown vetoed an earlier version of the three-foot passing law that would have allowed drivers to briefly cross the center line to pass a cyclist safely.
New Mexico is investing $1 million in improving rail crossings to protect bicyclists and pedestrians.
Police are searching for a road raging Nyack NY cyclist who went off on a car passenger for no apparent reason. Of course, drivers are entirely innocent in such cases and couldn’t possibly have done anything to set a rider off, right?
Good advice on what to do if you’re hit by a car in New York; the same holds true here in LA or anywhere else.
After a New York state senator proudly yells at cyclists to “Find an f-ing bike lane and get in it,” a Brooklyn cyclist invites her to get on a bike and see what it’s like for the victims of her abuse.
Kind hearted Winnipeg residents return a customized bike stolen from a nine-year old with cerebral palsy after they unknowingly buy it for parts.
A UK writer says cyclists make easy targets for anti-bike politicians, but it’s only a minority that don’t play by the rules.
An Iranian cyclist gets a free pass out of military service after his surprise win in the Asian Games.
An Australian state invests $300,000 in an education campaign to improve bike safety; then again, spending the same amount on improving infrastructure could probably do more good.
Well, duh. An Abu Dhabi writer says cycling outside, instead of in a gym, relieves boredom; only people who cycle in a gym think it even begins to approach the real thing. Proof that not all jerks are behind the wheel: A Brit bike rider punches a 70-year old man who reprimanded him for weaving through a crowd.
And now you can follow your every move with your own personal drone. Even if using private drones is currently illegal.
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