Something is seriously wrong in Santa Ana.
For the second time in just ten days, someone riding a bicycle has been killed in a collision, less than a mile apart.
County News TV reports the victim died at the scene. He has not been publicly identified at this time.
The driver of the minivan remained following the collision, and police do not suspect he was under the influence.
A street view shows a six lane roadway with a center turn lane on 1st, with the intersection controlled by just a stop sign on Figueroa.
Raw video provided by County News shows the van, with relatively minor front end damage, coming to a stop on 1st, with what appears to be a commuter bike sprawled in the roadway.
(I’m not embedding the video, because it shows blurred views of the victim’s body lying in the center lane near the bike, which is not something his family or friends need to see.)
The victim’s death can likely be blamed on the lack of a crossing signal or crosswalk at Figueroa, which should have provided a safer alternative to busy Harbor Blvd. But clearly didn’t.
This comes ten days after another bike rider was killed in a hit-and-run just six-tenths of a mile away at West First and South Newhope Streets. That victim has not yet been publicly identified, either.
Two deaths so close together, both in terms of time and distance, suggests serious problems on the deadly corridor.
This is at least the 16th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and already the fourth that I’m aware of in Orange County, which would usually have less than half that number so early in the year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.