Earlier this week, we mentioned a bike rider had suffered major injuries when he was hit by a driver on a San Diego freeway.
Sadly, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the victim died of his injuries the next day.
According to the paper, 53-year old San Diego resident David Sheridan was struck by the driver of a Toyota Camry around 5:15 am on the southbound State Route 163, near the transition to State Route 52 in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood.
Earlier reports indicated the driver’s car was traveling at 60 mph as she transitioned from westbound SR-52 to southbound SR-163. She crashed into Sheridan’s bicycle after the driver ahead of her swerved to avoid Sheridan as he rode in the traffic lane ahead of her.
He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died at 11:38 am Wednesday.
The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
There’s no explanation given for why Sheridan would have been riding on a major freeway where bicycles are not allowed.
A satellite view shows a four lane freeway on the southbound side, with a double transition lane entering from both directions of SR-52.
It’s possible Sheridan may have been riding on the shoulder of the freeway, and was caught in traffic when he tried to cross the entrance lanes. However, that is just speculation.
There’s no word on whether he had lights on his bike at that pre-dawn hour. The U-T also notes that he was wearing a helmet, even though it wouldn’t have done a damn bit of good under those circumstances.
This is at least the 27th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fifth that I’m aware of in San Diego County.
And this is the third SoCal bike rider killed while riding on a freeway in recent memory.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for David Sheridan and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.