Update: Bike rider killed in Irvine crash Saturday morning; victim identified as 26-year old Irvine woman

The bloodshed continued on Southern California streets, as yet another person was killed riding a bicycle, this time in Irvine.

According to the Orange County Register, the victim, who hasn’t been publicly identified, was struck by a motorist somewhere near the offramp to the 405 Freeway at Jeffrey Road around 9:43 am Saturday.

Which makes it the fourth fatal SoCal bike crash in just the last five days.

The victim apparently died at the scene, with the coroner called 43 minutes after the crash.

There’s no description yet on the victim, or just how or where the crash happened. Although it appears to have been near the northbound offramp, since Jeffrey changes names south of the 405.

Meanwhile, someone was transported to the hospital with a leg injury. But again, there’s no word on whether that person was in the car, or if the driver may have struck someone else, as well.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon.

This is at least the 31st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the eighth that I’m aware of in Orange County.

That follows the deaths of people riding bicycles in Monterey Park, Riverside and Desert Hot Springs since last Tuesday.

Update: The Orange County Coroner has identified the victim as 26-year old Irvine resident Barbora Kabatova

Even though the coroner was called to the scene, Kabatova actually died Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo nearly 30 minutes after the crash.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Barbora Kabatova and all her loved ones.

Thanks to Bill Sellin for the heads-up.

33 comments

  1. JJD says:

    We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of the victim.

  2. Danusia says:

    I am biker as well Brake my heart to hear that So sorry. My heart is with the Familly

    • Juraj Kabat says:

      Dear Danusia,
      here is Barbora’s dad.
      I am biking enthusiast myself.
      Thank you for your comforting words.
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/747200086016482

    • Daisy Reyna says:

      I drive by there all the time and slow down to see if there is a cyclist coming or pedestrian to get on the freeway that morning I saw the car that struck her. The police were still investigating and I saw the bike stuck under the rail. My guess is she was being safe and the car was going so fast probably on phone or not paying attention but certainly going extremely fast. The car was getting on the freeway. I want to take flowers there. I hope they make it safer for other cyclists this is very sad she was beautiful and so young. My prayers are for the fanily and her even though I didn’t meet her. But seeing the scene hit hard. Again hope to bring flowers if that is okay. God bless and she will be remembered. Just a sad situation.

      • Juraj Kabat says:

        Thank you Daisy,
        her bike will be painted white and placed there as a memorial. Bikers and drivers, please be more careful. Hopefully this will help so no other family would suffer like this. Thank you for flowers and supporting words.

      • bikinginla says:

        Daisy, you seem to be the only witness to the actual crash. Can you tell us which onramp this was near? An Orange County group has a ghost bike ready to install, but needs to know where to place it.

      • Juraj Kabat says:

        Daisy,
        you were driving by very shortly after this terrible accident. Could you please confirm the location?
        Thank you very much!
        From what police told me so far, this should be the place where she was hit by car: https://goo.gl/maps/XDKa8NXTg5ds6k3Y7
        It is the short cross clearly marked with 2 subsequent yellow signs on the beginning of the on ramp to the highway. This very short cross does not have traffic light, you first have to cross this to get to the median which has the light. From what you see on the street view on google map it absolutely does not make sense why and how is it possible that she was hit. How come she didn’t see the car coming? How come that driver didn’t see her? The only explanation is that driver skipped the lanes on Jeffrey Rd in last second and took the exit in the moment when she was already there crossing. She definitely wouldn’t step on the road before making sure it is empty and safe. Hopefully there are some cameras or maybe there are some witnesses from that day that could help answer some of my questions that will hunt me for the rest of my life. I would ask anybody who could have some answers or know some witness, please come forward.
        Maybe you could confirm the location for bike placement.
        Thank you.
        Juraj

        • BILL SELLIN says:

          Driver was heading south on Jeffrey, getting onto NB 405 & hit her IN THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK!? Many motorists start speeding up on Jeffrey before they even get to the onramp, and the bike lane there becomes a shoulder on the on ramp. Caltrans knows better – they recently improved the bike lanes on Culver but have not made the same improvements on Jeffrey. I have a Ghost Bike ready to place, like the one I put up for Linda Smythe on Portola – or will paint & put up Barbora’s actual bike…

          • Juraj Kabat says:

            Dear Bill,
            I would love to help you with the bike, but we are on the other side of the country in Maryland. Due to state of our mind right now and the pandemic we decided not to fly to LA. We were planing to drive down there and visit Barbora next month to spend some time together but now all our plans and life has changed.
            I asked David C (husband of very sweet Angela who was working with Barb at FDA – please see message down below from July 21st) to help paint and install Barbora’s bike as her memorial to remember her beautiful soul and as a reminder of the tragedy that took place there. As a quiet statement in support of cyclists’ rights to travel safe. Hopefully this will help to other families to avoid indescribable suffering we are going through. I will get you in contact with David. Thank you guys for your help and support!
            Juraj Kabat

      • Juraj Kabat says:

        Dear Daisy Reyna,
        could you please be so kind and call police with the information you have seen. Any information, any detal is important. Thank you!
        Juraj Kabat
        Barbora’s dad

  3. Christian says:

    I’ve ridden that exact area maybe twice. The trail that runs parallel to 405 west of Jeffrey, you have to zig zag across the northbound 405 on-ramp on southbound Jeffrey, go south on Jeffrey 10 meters to crosswalk, traverse crosswalk, then go north quarter mile to access trail again. Thing is that intersection of the northbound 405 off-ramp and Jeffrey is an T intersection. So when the crosswalk signal says go, the only traffic that has a green light are cars coming off northbound 405. My guess the biker was crossing the street eastbound and was hit by right hook. It’s a really sketchy intersection. I’ve only been there twice in my life, but both times I could see the possibility of getting hit there very easily. I crossed very cautiously, both times getting the driver’s visual acknowledgement before proceeding. And both times I could tell by the look on their faces: they weren’t expecting me there, “shit that was a close one”. If you’re a novice or inattentive biker that intersection is dangerous. There’s cars going 80-90 exiting the freeway, maybe slowing down to 30-40 if they catch the green.

  4. Jeff Kessler says:

    I was at the same point 15 to 30 mins earlier. Oh my gosh. We as cyclist need to ride cautiously. It’s a slightly dangerous intersection of cars entering the 405 northbound & cyclist passing beyond on university

  5. Steve Loughran says:

    All on-ramps in OC are the same; dangerous. We are being sacrificed in the name of ever increasing speeds for cars. Enough is enough. We need to hold the designers (CalTrans) responsible and insist on some action. These on-ramps require cyclist to merge up to two lanes of high speed traffic to continue in a straight direction. Very dangerous. These are not “accidents” rather they are inevitable events given the poor design, at least from a cyclists standpoint.

  6. Jian says:

    I was there about 10 minutes earlier and I chose to use the Quailcreek crossing, which has a traffic light. The problem with the trail crossing is that drivers are accelerating before going onto the onramp and not expecting to slow down or stop. Bikers have to make absolutely sure there is no incoming car before crossing.

    • Juraj Kabat says:

      This is Barbora’s dad,
      You are right Jian, we have to do something.
      Barbora was very careful and she would never cross if there is car coming. We biked together for ages. She biked that trail many times. She would always stop, look and if there is nothing coming she would look again and only then she would go. Something is not right, she was hit and killed crossing most likely beginning of the on-ramp. Maybe the speeding driver skipped the lanes on a last minute to avoid the red light and taking the highway instead and she was already crossing. But these are just speculations from our side, because we still do not understand what has happen. This place is very dangerous and it need to be changed so nobody else would be suffering.
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/747200086016482

      • bikinginla says:

        I’m so sorry for your loss. I did not know your daughter, but my heart sank when I learned someone so young and vital had died so needlessly. I pray that you and your family may find peace, and joy in her memory.

  7. John Elwood says:

    It appears that she has a Linkedin profile and appears to have been a bright young woman who just moved to Irvine from Maryland less than a year ago. https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbora-kabatova-a1ba5576/
    This is tragic, my heart goes out to her family and friends.

    • VK says:

      I went to the same elementary, middle school, and high school with her in Maryland. Don’t know her too well, but I am shocked that she died.. She just graduated from Pharmacy school after spending her entire life in school. Finally reached a new chapter in her life, and shes gone.

      • Juraj Kabat says:

        Dear John and VK,
        This is Barbora’s dad.
        Thank you for your words.
        Barbora loved biking. We biked together since she was 4.
        She was always very careful.
        We do not understand how this terrible tragedy could happen.
        Thank you for remembering her.

        • VK says:

          Hi Mr. Kabatova.. I am extremely sorry for your loss. I know you are probably overwhelmed with emotions right now, but I hope are recovering. I had some great memories with Barbora especially in 4th grade when I just moved to Twinbrook elementary school in Ms. Connor/Kelly’s class. Even though I haven’t really talked to her her since elementary school, shes been running through my mind for the past 4 day. I still have my class photo with her from 4th grade, and I will always keep her in my memory.

          • Juraj Kabat says:

            Thank you very much! You don’t know how much it means to me. You are right, my world is in complete ruins and darkness right now. She was young loving soul that touched lives on many of us. Since she was a little kid, she had strong sense of justice, always protecting scared and weak. It might be that that is how you remember her. She graduated Pharmacy school and moved to Irvine to work in the lab at FDA. She was very successful and happy there, biking to work every day. She had so many plans for the future, she loved LA, beach, nature and great weather. That Saturday she went on her regular biking trip to Shady Canyon Trail and not even 10 minutes from her place her life journey has got cut short unexpectedly when she was killed by car on a crosswalk. If you would like to meet more friends from Twinbrook or Rockville please come to visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/747200086016482
            Thank you!

  8. David C says:

    Juraj, I am The Husband of Angela who worked with Barbora. you and I met once at our pool. I just wanted to pass on to you my deepest condolences. Barbora always impressed me at how smart and full of life she was. I even would pass her from time to time on the bike path and we would share smile and laugh as we passed. If I or my family can do anything else, please let us know.

  9. Juraj Kabat says:

    Dear David,
    I remember that night. I remember everyone very well.
    We had such a great time together right before the sunset, swimming in the pool and having a picnic. Barbora was so happy, she just finished her school and was ready to start her life there. She started to work at FDA with Angela that took her like her own daughter. She was very happy and full of life. She was coming little scared, and asked us to come with her but she instantly fell in love with Cali, all the pools, beaches, nature, and biking and especially with all the people that were so nice to her. We were all so happy. Our life will never be the same. I want to thank you for everything. I want to thank you all for the most important thing you gave to my daughter while she was here with us. Love, support and friendship so she didn’t have chance to feel lonely so far from home. Thanks to you she was so happy at Cali and enjoyed every day of her life. I am very thankful for that. Since we are on the other side of the country I would like to ask you one more thing. To help us to turn Barbora’s bike into the small and somber memorial and lock it at the crash site to remember her beautiful soul and as a reminder of the tragedy that took place there, as a quiet statement in support of cyclists’ rights to travel safe. Thank you!
    Juraj Kabat
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/747200086016482

    • bikinginla says:

      Hi Juraj, I’ve checked with the people responsible for placing ghost bikes in Orange County, and they have one painted and ready to install as a memorial to Barbora. They are only waiting for more information on just where she was killed, so they can put it in the right place. All we know for certain is that it was near an onramp, which means it could be one of four places. Do you have any additional information that could help out? My heart grieves for you and your family.

      • Juraj Kabat says:

        Dear David,
        from what police told me so far, this should be the place where she was hit by car: https://goo.gl/maps/XDKa8NXTg5ds6k3Y7
        It is the short cross clearly marked with 2 subsequent yellow signs on the beginning of the on ramp to the highway. This very short cross does not have traffic light, you first have to cross this to get to the median which has the light. From what you see on the street view on google map it absolutely does not make sense why and how is it possible that she was hit. How come she didn’t see the car coming? How come that driver didn’t see her? The only explanation is that driver skipped the lanes on Feffrey Rd in last second and took the exit in the moment when she was already there crossing. She definitely wouldn’t step on the road before making sure it is empty and safe. Hopefully there are some cameras or maybe there are some witnesses from that day that could help answer some of my questions that will hunt me for the rest of my life. I would ask anybody who could have some answers or know some witness, please come forward.
        Maybe Daisy Reina could confirm the location for bike placement.
        Thank you.
        Juraj

      • Angela says:

        Hi. I have the ghost bike and will be placing it there over the weekend.

  10. Juraj Kabat says:

    I am trying to find any witness of this tragic accident.
    Any camera on the ground or on the car, anyone biking, driving, walking around when this has happen.
    Are there any witnesses do you know someone who witnessed this?
    This is big intersection there must have been many people around.
    I am desperate. Please help.
    Juraj Kabat
    Barbora’s dad

  11. Juraj Kabat says:

    I am trying to find any witness of this tragic accident.
    Any camera on the ground or on the car, anyone biking, driving, walking around when this has happen.
    Are there any witnesses do you know someone who witnessed this?
    This is big intersection there must have been many people around.
    I am desperate. Please help.
    Juraj Kabat
    Barbora’s dad

  12. Stephen Caldwell says:

    I lost my brother in the same way this August, 10 years ago. My deepest condolences.

  13. Juraj Kabat says:

    You are right.
    My daughter is being blamed for her own death.
    She was coming from the sidewalk at the SW off-ramp on Jeffrey Rd to 405 San Diego Freeway. https://goo.gl/maps/XDKa8NXTg5ds6k3Y7 According to the police, driver speeding SW on the off-ramp said that he did not see her. Later he added that biker suddenly turned in front of his car from right and he could not do anything. My daughter was killed at the right edge of the crosswalk. According to the police, since she had one leg on the pedal she was riding. This is not clear. The only witness in the car behind cannot say where my daughter was or from where she was coming or if she was riding or walking. The witness in the car behind (40 feet) only noticed when she was struck and car in front of him slowed down. My daughter is dead, killed on the side of a crosswalk and according to the police driver is innocent. He didn’t pay attention to two big crosswalk signs, one before off-ramp starts turning, another one right at the crosswalk. He was driving very fast and since there was no skid marks police cannot say exactly how fast. He didn’t slow down when he saw the signs, he didn’t slow down seeing my daughter at the side of the crosswalk. He was maybe distracted on the phone or radio or something else must have happen. It does not make sense that Barbora would walk or ride right under the speeding car without looking. We don’t know if she was standing on the side of the crosswalk or sitting on the bike with one leg on a pedal, we don’t know if she started to ride, we don’t know if driver was driving close to the curb. My daughter was killed on the right side of the crosswalk. Driver even didn’t get ticket or citation and walked away. There are no other witnesses.
    Please spread the word, if anybody have seen anything, please come forward with the information and contact me or call the police.
    Thank you and stay safe.
    Juraj Kabat
    Barbora’s dad
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/747200086016482

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