It’s already been a bad month for Southern California bicyclists.
And today it got worse.
According to the Press-Telegram, a 27-year old man was killed riding his bike in Bellflower Monday afternoon.
The paper reports the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was hit by the driver of a truck at the intersection of Somerset Boulevard and Woodruff Avenue around 2:40 pm.
A Bellflower Facebook group says the victim was African American.
The driver remained at the scene, and was cooperating with investigators.
Unfortunately, no other details are available at this time.
A street view of the intersection shows two lanes and a left turn lane in each direction. No word on which way the victim or the driver were going, or how the crash occurred.
A photo taken by Serena Grace shows an older SUV with the right rear window broken out, and pulling a trailer.
This is at least the 32nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 15th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.
It’s also the fifth SoCal bicycling death in just the last ten days.
Update: The victim has been identified as 27-year old Bellflower resident Timothy Maurice Lewis.
The Press-Telegram reports that Lewis was riding against traffic on eastbound Somerset when he was hit struck by the driver of a truck traveling north on Woodruff.
There’s no word on how the crash occurred.
However, given the limited description, it’s most likely the truck driver, who hasn’t been identified, was turning right and didn’t see Lewis coming from the wrong direction. Otherwise, it would mean that one of the two had to have run the red light.
Lewis’ older sister has started a GoFundMe page to help pay his funeral expenses. So far, it’s raised just $265 of the $5,000 goal.
He leaves behind his long-time girlfriend, a five-year old daughter and a two month old son.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Timothy Maurice Lewis and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Serena Grace for the heads-up.
Photo of Lewis’ ghost bike by Chris Goodwin.