A homeless man lost his life Tuesday night in what appears to be a tragic case of deja vu.
According to Fox-5 San Diego, the victim, identified only as a homeless man in his 50s, was struck by a car at 6:15 pm Tuesday in San Diego’s Mission Valley.
He was reportedly trying to ride his bike across the 8800 block of Friars Road near Rio Bonita Way when he was hit by the driver of the car, who claimed he could not see the darkly clad rider until it was too late.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports he suffered a number of open fractures, and died after being transported to a hospital.
A street view shows a busy six lane roadway, with bike lanes of widely varying widths.
Police reported he was crossing Friars Road “outside of a crosswalk.” However, there doesn’t appear to be a crosswalk, or any other safe crossings, anywhere in the vicinity.
This comes a little over two years after another homeless man, 65-year old Matthew Driggers, was killed walking his bike across Friars in almost exactly the same location.
Which suggests that something has to be done to provide a safe way to cross a badly designed and inherently dangerous street.
And more has to be done to protect the most vulnerable and invisible members of society.
This is the fifth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and first in San Diego.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.