OC Cyclist Sherri Norton has died from her injuries in the Santiago Canyon crash

Sherri Norton; photo from Cycles Veloce website

My apologies.

I’ve been tied up with the California Bike Summit this weekend. And while I was trying to keep up with the news, I missed the notification from Cycles Veloce that Sherri Norton died over the weekend.

It is with the greatest sadness that we must report that Sherri will not win this, her most important battle on a bicycle.

Sherri was a beam of light to many of us and will remain the beautiful person we knew; living on in our hearts and minds – an angel to watch over us all!

Our deepest sympathy to Mark – we can only imagine the emptiness you must feel and hope that you find peace and warmth in your family & friends.

As you may recall, she was critically injured while riding in the bike lane on Santiago Canyon near Jamboree Road in Orange on Thursday. She reportedly turned into oncoming traffic when she attempted to ride back to a friend who was trailing behind.

Her husband Mark is attempting to organize a memorial for next Saturday, November 12th, as well as a memorial ride Saturday morning. He also asks for donations to a pair charities she supported in lieu of flowers.

This is the 9th confirmed traffic-related cycling fatality in Orange County this year, and the 61st in the greater Southern California area.

My prayers and sympathy to her family and loved ones. Between her death and that of Robert Hyndman, my heart is broken right now.


  1. Sarah says:

    On behalf of Western Medical Center Santa Ana…our hearts go out to her family.

  2. Opus the Poet says:

    I don’t believe the SWSS story, because the physical evidence doesn’t support it. But there are two bits of physical evidence that I can’t reconcile with hitting a single cyclist: The dent in the roof at the top of the windshield, and the broken passenger side mirror. I can’t model any kind of free-body diagram that will explain these without hitting a second cyclist. Was there a second cyclist involved in this wreck? Could that second cyclist been hit by the passenger side mirror and not much else?

  3. Allan says:

    My heart goes out to this angel’s friends and family.
    May you rest in peace.

  4. J. Westre says:

    Mark….. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words to help at a time like this. I heard that you did a great thing and allowed Sherri to save many lives. May you find some comfort in knowing that she is with our heavenly Father and she is certainly watching over you. God Bless You.

    (Bea’s friend)

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