73-year old man killed by driver while riding bike in Orange crosswalk; 9th SoCal bike rider killed in less than 2 weeks

This has got to stop.

For at least the ninth time in the past 13 days, someone has been killed riding a bicycle on the mean streets of Southern California.

According to New Santa Ana, the victim this time was a 73-year old man from Orange, killed while just trying to ride his bike across the street.

The victim, who has not been publicly named, was riding north on Skylark, attempting to cross Canyon View in Orange, when he was struck by the eastbound driver as he rode in the crosswalk around 9:08 am.

He died at the scene.

The driver, a woman from Orange, remained at the scene — which should be a given, but isn’t. Police don’t believe she was under the influence.

There’s no word on who had the right of way at the signalized intersection.

Canyon View has a 40 mph speed limit; a pedestrian struck at that speed has just a 15% survival rate. And that’s assuming she wasn’t traveling above the speed limit, like most drivers in Southern California.

Anyone with information is urged to call Orange Police Department Traffic Unit Detective A. Rocha at 714/744-7342.

This is at least the 44th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the seventh that I’m aware of in Orange County.

And hopefully, the last one we’ll see in this tragic streak.

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

Thanks to Arthur William Bauer for the heads-up. 

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