Once again, a bike rider has been killed while allegedly riding in a traffic lane on a major highway.
According to the Ventura County Star, the victim was reportedly riding in the far right lane of Highway 101, just past the “State Beaches” exit north of Ventura, when he was struck from behind by a 26-year old truck driver around 8:52 Wednesday evening.
The victim, publicly identified only as a 67-year old Oxnard resident, died at the scene.
A witness reported that he did not have lights or reflectors on his bike, nearly 45 minutes after sunset; the driver said he did not see the victim in time to react.
There’s no explanation given for why the victim was riding in the traffic lane, as opposed to the paved shoulder. Or whether he was riding in the center of the lane, or hugging the white line at the edge of the road.
The driver remained at the scene, and was not suspected of being under the influence.
Anyone with information is urged to call CHP office in Ventura at 805/662-2640.
This is at least the 39th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third I’m aware of in Ventura County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.
Thanks to John McBrearty for the heads-up.