Yet another bike rider has died in Oxnard, in what has turned out to be a very bad year for the town of just 210,000.
According to the Ventura County Star, 75-year old Oxnard resident George Dominguez died Thursday afternoon, six days after he a struck by a driver while riding his bike.
Oxnard police investigators say Dominguez was turning left off northbound C Street into an alley near Roderick Avenue around 1 pm Friday, October 25th, when he was struck by the driver of a pickup headed south on C.
He was reportedly coherent and alert despite a visible head injury.
It’s not clear why Dominguez apparently rode in front of the truck, or who had the right of way.
The driver stayed at the scene, and wasn’t suspected of being under the influence. Police also say speed does appear to have been a factor.
Of course, speed is always a factor, even if driver was traveling at or under the 30 mph speed limit; slower speeds are less likely to result in a fatality in the event of a collision, and makes it easier to avoid.
This is at least the 63rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the sixth that I’m aware of in Ventura County; all but one of those have been in Oxnard.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for George Dominguez and his family.