The Orange County Register is reporting that a man has died following a crash in Huntington Beach.
According to the paper, 78-year old Huntington Beach resident Charles Kam was riding on an unidentified street in the city when his bike was struck by a vehicle at 8:42 am Sunday.
Kam was taken to a local hospital, where he died Tuesday night.
No other information is available at this time.
There’s no word on how or where the crash occurred, or on the identity of the driver. Or if the vehicle that struck Kam even had one, for that matter.
Hopefully the Huntington Beach police will release more information soon. Because frankly, anyone who’s still riding at 78 deserves more than just four sentences in the local paper.
This is at least the 49th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the seventh that I’m aware of in Orange County.
Update: The Daily Pilot places the location of the crash at the intersection of Edwards Street and Varsity Drive.
Kam was riding east on Varsity Drive when he was struck by a 28-year old woman in a Jeep Cherokee; she remained at the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to call Investigator Tai Huynh at 714/536-5666 or Officer Robert Frahm at 714/536-5663.
Correction: The Register had originally spelled the victim’s name as Cam, rather than Kam. I have changed this story to correct the spelling.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Charles Kam and his loved ones.
Thanks to John McBrearty for the heads-up.