65-year old man killed in Solana Beach crash when his new ebike fell into traffic ; 1st San Diego County bike death this year

A man has been killed in a collision after falling off his ebike in Solana Beach Saturday afternoon.

According to multiple, nearly identical sources, the victim was riding north in the bike lane on Highway 101, above Lomas Santa Fe, when he somehow lost control of his ebike.

He fell into the traffic lane, and was struck by the driver of a slow-moving truck.

He did after being transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla.

The victim, publicly identified only as a 65-year old man, was reportedly attempting to pass a slower bike rider when his bike began to wobble. Fox-5 suggests it may have been his first ride on the newly purchased ebike.

There’s no word on why he may have struggled to control his bike. However, Phillip Young reports that the pavement has been pushed up by tree roots in some sections of the narrow painted bike lane, which could have destabilized his bike.

It’s also possible that he may have bumped or swerved to avoid the rider he was passing. Or could have simply lost control due to unfamiliarity with the new ebike.

The reports also don’t mention whether it a ped-assist or throttle controlled ebike, or his speed at the time of the crash, which also could have played a role.

Anyone with information is urged to call the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at 858/565-5200.

This is at least the 18th bicycling fatality in Southern California already this year. Remarkably, though, it appears to be the first in San Diego County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones. 

Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.

2 comments

  1. Jim Bob says:

    The bike lane there is very small and as Phillip said tree roots have pushed the payment up quite a bit. In addition, there is a tree line there and the bumps are nearly impossible to see. I’ve almost fallen in the exact spot as well.

    • bikinginla says:

      Thanks, Jim. The sheriff’s investigators were quick to imply the crash was due to his unfamiliarity with the new ebike, and the media just parroted that. It’s good to have confirmation that there may have been other factors at play. I hope the victim’s family has a good lawyer.

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