Word is just coming in that a bike rider has died following a collision in the La Presa neighborhood of Spring Valley, east of San Diego.
Unfortunately, very few details are available at this time.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the victim suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Jamacha Blvd and San Miguel Street at 6:07 pm today, and died after being taken to a trauma center.
No information is available on the identity of the victim, or how the collision occurred, though the paper notes the driver remained at the scene.
A satellite view shows a narrow, gutter zone bike lane in each direction on Jamacha, with San Miguel entering from a small hill, controlled by a stop sign. There appears to be a 45 mph speed limit on Jamacha.
This is the fifth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first in San Diego county.
Update: The Union-Tribune has identified the victim as 44-year old Spring Valley resident Raymond Brown.
The paper reports he was struck by a westbound SUV as the driver was approaching San Miguel Street; a CHP spokesperson said it was unclear which direction Brown was riding or who was at fault.
However, there’s no word on exactly where the collision occurred; unless the driver was within 100 feet of the intersection, he should not have been driving in the bike lane — assuming that’s where the victim was riding. And even in that case, a cyclist in the bike lane would have the right-of-way.
The paper also notes that Brown was wearing a helmet, even though a collision at the speed posted for the roadway is unlikely to be survivable, with or without one.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Raymond Brown and his loved ones.
Thanks to Richard Masoner for the heads-up.