It’s happened again.
For the second time this year, and the 7th in the last four years, a bike rider has been killed in Newport Beach.
Unfortunately, details are still extremely limited.
However, Corona del Mar Today and Newport Beach Patch both report that the victim, identified publicly only as a man in his 30s, was hit by a passenger vehicle at the intersection of San Joaquin Hills Road and Marguerite Ave at 7:42 Wednesday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No word on which street the victim or the car that hit him were traveling on, or how the collision occurred.
This is the 76th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 10th in Orange County. It also matches the total of two cycling deaths in Newport Beach in 2010 and 2012.
Far too many for a city of just 87,000.
My deepest prayers and sympathy for the victim and his loved ones.
Thanks to Lois for the heads-up.
Update: The victim has been identified as 41-year old Paul Lin of Irvine.
Unconfirmed reports indicate Lin was riding with a group when he was killed. A comment from Leo90604 cites one of the other cyclists on the ride as blaming a short light cycle, as well as a driver that may or may not have slowed for the light.
I was able to get a hold of one of the people who was on this ride. The cyclist was turning left and from one of the riders, it is a fast changing light from yellow to red ( I have experienced protected left turn lanes change from green to yellow within 5 seconds) He checked his left and did not see any oncoming car and he was hit from the right side as the light changed to green. If the cartruck was at a stop he would’ve seen the cyclist turning.
Meanwhile, the always excellent Corona del Mar Today is on top of the back story, detailing the too many bicycling fatalities that have occurred in the city since 2009.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Investigator Scott Grecco at (949) 644-3747 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 2: According to a comment by Elvis — and apparently confirmed in part by KCBS-2 — Lin was part of a Meetup group ride that had ridden to watch the sunset before returning via Marguerite and San Joaquin.