An Oxnard man was killed when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike Monday afternoon.
According to the Ventura County Star, the victim was riding in the eastbound bike lane on Gonzales Road west of Lantana Street when he allegedly veered in front of a transit bus around 4:13 pm.
The victim, who was identified only as a 60-year old Oxnard man, was pronounced dead after being taken to Ventura County Medical Center.
Video from the scene shows debris strewn across the left lane, with the bike coming to rest near the center median.
A street view shows a four lane road with a center divider, and a curbside bike lane.
As always, the question is whether there were any witnesses other than the driver, since the victim is unable to tell his side of the story. However, the fact that a photo from the Star showed the victim’s bike resting just beyond a left turn bay adds credence to the suggestion that he may have somehow turned in front of the bus.
No brake marks are visible in any of the photos which would indicate where the bus was prior to the impact.
This is at least the 38th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first that I’m aware of in Ventura County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.
We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of the victim.
If I’m not mistaken transit buses have forward-facing cameras that would record incidents like this. If swerving did actually happen, it would be recorded.