Sad news from Torrance, where a 72-year old woman was killed in a collision with a delivery truck.
According to the Daily Breeze, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding her bike southbound on the west sidewalk of the 19600 block of Van Ness Ave when she was struck as the driver attempted to turn north on Van Ness.
However, there are no driveways on the west side of the street, and there does not appear to be a sidewalk on that side, which suggests she may have actually been on the east side of the street.
If that’s the case, the driver would have been looking for traffic to his left as he turned right, and may not have seen her approaching on the sidewalk to his right — even though he would appear to have had an unobstructed view.
Unfortunately, while riding on the sidewalk may appear to be safer than riding in the street, drivers tend to focus their attention on oncoming traffic, and may not notice someone coming towards them from the opposite direction.
Even though they should.
This is the seventh bicycling fatality this year, and the sixth in Los Angeles County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and her loved ones.
We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of the victim.
another brink in the wall for better infrastructure to help all users. RIP.