Sometimes bad news never makes the news.
According to the South LA Sheriff’s Department, a bike rider was killed in a collision with a car last Tuesday, Jan. 26th, at the intersection of Ocean Gate Avenue and 132nd Street in unincorporated LA County. The victim was taken to a local hospital.
Unfortunately, no other details are available.
A street view shows a pair of quiet residential streets; matching that up with the photo in the sheriff’s post suggests that the driver was headed west on 132nd.
A comment to the post says the victim was a boy; she also says the driver had the right-of-way, but may have been speeding. However, there’s no way to verify the comment.
This is the 11th bicycling fatality in Southern California, and the third in Los Angeles County. That compares with just two in SoCal this time last year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his family.
Thanks to GhostBikes for the heads-up.
Once they have decided on the driver having right of way that is the end of all discussion for the police. Speed won’t matter to them even if excessive speed gave the cyclist the impression they were far enough away to clear the intersection.