Blame me for the delayed report.
A comment from A. Bauer let me know a bike rider had been killed in a collision in the City of Orange a few days earlier.
That was ten days ago.
In the meantime, I’ve been waiting for more details beyond the initial report in the Orange County Register. Or any real details, for that matter.
That finally came today with a Facebook post from the Orange County Bicycle Coalition.
According to the initial report, a bike rider was headed west Santa Ana Canyon Road when he was struck by a driver going north on Orange Olive Road around 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 26th.
That’s all the information that was available until today, despite checking on a near daily basis.
The OCBC speculates that the victim may have been riding salmon due to the lack of citations against the driver, and the position of his body and bike at the southeast corner of the T-intersection following the crash.
If he had been riding on the right side of the street, it’s likely that a collision with a northbound vehicle would have thrown him to the northeast side of the intersection.
The OCBC also sites a rumor that he may have fallen into the path of the driver.
However, it’s also possible that the limited description may have been wrong; he could have come off the sidewalk or actually been riding on Orange Olive instead.
The victim still hasn’t been publicly identified. That usually, but not always, indicates that the next of kin lives outside the US.
This is at least the 20th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and just the second I’m aware of in Orange County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.
Thanks to Bill Sellin and A. Bauer for the heads-up.