First it was a hit-and-run.
Then it wasn’t.
According to the Ventura County Star, a 45-year old man was killed when he was struck by the driver of a semi-truck while riding his bike against traffic on an Oxnard street.
Yet police say the driver had no idea he’d hit anyone, let alone killed someone.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was struck just after 11:30 am as he was riding east in the westbound lane of East Wooley Road, west of Saviers Road in Oxnard
He was dead at the scene before emergency personnel arrived.
The driver of the truck continued west without stopping. When Oxnard police stopped the truck shortly later, the driver reportedly cooperated with investigators, claiming he was unaware of the crash.
Unfortunately, they don’t explain how the crash happened. It strains credibility to believe the driver could have been unaware of a head-on collision; however, it’s possible he may not have known if he sideswiped the victim or hit him with the truck’s wing mirror.
Though one way or the other, he should have.
There’s also no explanation for why the victim was riding on the wrong side. Wooley Road is a divided highway with a planted median, and a bike lane that stops several hundred feet short of the intersection with Saviers.
This should serve as yet another reminder to never ride in the street against the flow of traffic.
Update: The victim has been identified as 45-year old Oxnard resident Javier Lopez.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Javier Lopez and his loved ones.