Once again, someone has been killed trying to ride a bicycle on a Southern California freeway.
As he approached Woodruff Ave, he was struck by a car driven by an 83-year-old Long Beach man.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Long Beach Report explains that the auxiliary lane is added to a freeway to allow drivers to speed up or slow down to get on or off.
There’s no word on why the victim was riding on a limited-access highway where bicycles are prohibited, and the driver would have no reason to expect one. And no word on whether the victim had lights on his bike, although the freeway itself should have been lighted.
This is at least the 50th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 22nd that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County. It’s also the fifth bicyclist killed in Long Beach this year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.