Sad news this morning, as word broke yesterday that a longtime Pasadena city council member died after falling from his bike on Thursday.
Sid Tyler, who served on the council from 1997 to 2009, was disconnected from life support on Friday after family members arrived from around the country to be at his side. According to the Pasadena Star-News, he was in his early 80s.
Unfortunately, few details are available, and there are conflicting reports about just what happened.
The Star-News reports he was riding on California Blvd when he signaled for a left turn, lost his balance and fell into the street. He reportedly suffered a severe neck injury as a result.
The paper notes witnesses said he was wearing a helmet; unfortunately, a helmet offers no protection against a neck injury, and may exacerbate it under certain circumstances.
Tyler was a former Marine, and long-time employee of Tenet Healthcare, retiring in 1994 as executive vice president. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, as well as four grown children.
According to Pasadena Now, flags were lowered to half staff at Pasadena City Hall in his honor.
This is the 27th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 12th in Los Angeles County. He is also the third Pasadena bike rider to lose his life in the last nine months.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Sid Tyler and all his family.