Someone please make it stop.
For the 11th time in 22 days, a person riding a bicycle has been killed on the mean streets of Southern California.
This time in Irvine.
According to My News LA, the victim was riding on Alton Parkway between Technology Drive and Mauchly when he ran into the back of a landscaping truck parked on the side of the road at 7:25 this morning.
The victim, identified only as a 69-year old man, died at the scene.
The location places the crash east of Technology Drive, where I’m told that the truck was parked in a marked bike lane.
California law prohibits parking in a bike lane, although it makes an exception for public or private utility trucks — but only if there are warning devices displayed on the truck.
There’s no mention of whether the truck had its flashers on, or displayed warning cones or some other safety warning behind the vehicle.
It’s not as unusual as it might seem to ram into the back of a parked vehicle. There have been several cases in recent years, both here and around the US, where riders appeared to be focused on the road directly in front of their wheel, rather than on the roadway ahead, and ran into an obstacle directly in front of them.
It’s also possible that a passing car could have blocked him from leaving the bike lane, and he might not have been able to stop in time. Or he could have suffered some sort of medical emergency.
Unfortunately, only the victim knows what really happened.
Anyone with information is urged to call Irvine Police Detective Robert Solis at 949/724-7024.
This is at least the 61st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 13th that I’m aware of in Orange County.
Update: The victim has been identified as 69-year old Lake Forest resident James Henry McKane.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for James Henry McKane and all his family and loved ones.
Thanks to Bill Sellin and Lois for the heads-up.