Update: 2012 SoCal bike deaths reach an even 50, as 52-year old Moorpark cyclist killed Thursday

This is not the story I wanted to write today.

I’d promised you a contest for the holiday weekend, sponsored by Clif Mojo bars to celebrate national Trail Mix Day.

But that will have to wait, as I’ve just gotten word of a fatal bicycling collision that took the life of a Moorpark man on Thursday.

According to Moorpark Patch, the victim, identified only as a 52-year old man pending notification of next-of-kin, was riding south on Moorpark Avenue at Poindexter Ave at around 9:55 am when he was struck by a car traveling in the same direction.

Details are sparse. It could have been a hit-from-behind collision; however, the fact that it occurred in the intersection would suggest a possible right hook. Or the rider could have been attempting to make a left turn, and either crossed into the driver’s path, or been struck when the driver failed to see him.

The victim was taken to Los Robles Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The 44-year old driver, a resident of Sylmar, remained at the scene.

It’s sad that hit-and-run has become so common that something like that even needs to be mentioned.

This is the 50th fatal bike collision in Southern California this year, and the third in Ventura County, compared to four in the county last year. And eight months into the year, it puts us on a pace for 75 fatalities in the seven-county SoCal region this year, not counting shooting victims, compared to 71 in 2011.

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.

Out of respect for the victim, I’ll wait until later this evening to put the contest online. I hope you’ll come back then or over the weekend; especially after news like this, we all need to have a little fun.

Update: The Ventura County Star has identified the victim as 52-year old Moorpark resident Kenneth Guthrie, who was hit by a car driven by 44-year old Jaime Tijero Ibarra of Sylmar. Still no word on how the collision occurred; Ibarra was not cited at the scene, and the case remains under investigation. 


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    • Virginia says:

      I want to thank the people who put the ghost bike up for my Grand-daughters father, Ken Gutherie, I was just wondering why they took it down so soon we wanted to put some things up for Christmas and found out it was gone. How long do they keep them in one place? Please if you know please email me vgree62@sbcglobal.net. Thank you and Merry Christmas. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a love one.

      • bikinginla says:

        How long ghost bikes stay up depends on where they are. Caltrans has a policy of removing roadside memorials because they consider them distractions for drivers, while other jurisdictions have their own policies. Some remove them virtually immediately, while others will leave them indefinitely. I know at least one state legislator is looking into changing state policies to allow ghost bikes to remain because of the message they send to ride and drive safely.

        Please accept my deepest condolences for Ken’s death, and know that, ghost bike or not, he has not been forgotten by SoCal cyclists.

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