A bicyclist has lost his life after allegedly running a red light in Hawthorne Friday evening.
According to the Press-Telegram, 49-year old Los Angeles resident Fernando Gamboa was struck by a car while riding on Imperial Highway east of Sundale Avenue, in the shadow of the 105 Freeway, around 6:58 pm Friday.
The CHP reports he was riding against the light when he rode out in front of a 2015 Camaro, and was thrown 20 feet through the air. He was pronounced dead at the scene just minutes later.
Sadly, family members somehow arrived on the scene, and were informed of Gamboa’s death.
No one should ever have to see a loved one like that, or live with that kind of memory.
Unfortunately, the satellite view of the street is obscured by the highway overhead. However, based on the limited description, it would appear Gamboa was trying to cross the busy street at some point east of Sundale Ave, and was struck by a car that continued through the intersection.
As always, the question is whether independent witnesses saw him crossing against the light, or if the driver is the only surviving witness.
This is 35th confirmed bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 16th in Los Angeles County. That compares with 53 in SoCal last year, and 20 in the county.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Fernando Gamboa and all his loved ones.
Thanks to John McBrearty for the heads-up.