Update: Bicyclist killed riding in carpool lane of the 10 Freeway in Alhambra

Some crashes just don’t make any sense.

According to multiple sources, a man was killed riding his bike on a freeway in Alhambra this morning.

The victim, identified only as a man in his 40s, was inexplicably riding in the carpool lane of the eastbound 10 Freeway just west of Garfield Ave at 4:30 am when he was run down from behind by a Metro bus.

He was pronounced dead at the scene; the LA Times reports the impact knocked him onto the train tracks in the center divider. The speed limit there is 65 mph, so there was virtually no chance of survival.

Bicycles are banned from most freeways, and the 10 through Los Angeles County is no exception. Even where it is allowed, bikes are not permitted in the traffic lane, let alone in the far left lane.

There’s no word on why he was there, or where he may of entered the highway. Or whether he had lights on his bike at that hour.

This is the 32nd bicycling fatality in Southern California, and ninth in Los Angeles County.

Update: The victim has been identified as 40-year old Eduardo Castillo, who is described only as a transient. 

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Eduardo Castillo and his loved ones.

Thanks to Henry Fung for the heads-up.

5 comments

  1. JD says:

    We lift up our prayers for the family and friends of the victim.

  2. Carlos Morales says:

    Most likely he entered the Carpool lane on Del Mar Ave in San Gabriel, it is very accessible from the street it is accessible bridge over the lanes 1-4 that takes you into the Carpool lane. He couldn’t of traveled from the El Monte Metro Station as people would have reported him for that duration even if it was early morning.

    • bikinginla says:

      Thanks Carlos. I can understand someone getting on the freeway by mistake or thinking they could get away with using it as a shortcut at that hour. What I can’t comprehend is someone trying to ride in the far left lane.

  3. Paul says:

    I wanted to thank you for your prayers for Eduardo’s family. We are still uncertain as to why he was riding his bicycle on the freeway. At this point we are just at peace knowing that he is no longer suffering.

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