At least this time, there wasn’t a driver involved.
That we know of, anyway.
The Ventura County Star is reporting a man was killed crashing his ebike in Thousand Oaks early Sunday.
According to the paper, the victim, identified only as a 31-year old man, was riding with a friend when he crashed into a wooden fence at Borchard Road and North Los Vientos Drive around 1:30 am.
He died after being taken to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.
There’s no word on what caused him to crash into the fence. It’s possible he could have been run off the road, or could have simply lost control of the bike for some reason.
A street view shows bike lanes on Borchard, with a low wooden fence lining the sidewalk in each direction west of Los Ventos.
A Ventura County sheriff’s captain also notes the victim wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Which only matters if he died of a head injury, or if his injuries might have been survivable with one.
This is at least the 34th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in Ventura County.
Update: The victim has been identified as 31-year old Lemoore resident Dustin Rodrigues.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Dustin Rodrigues and his loved ones.
Read the story on Yahoo if you get blocked by the paper’s paywall.