Elderly Oxnard man dies, weeks after he’s struck riding his bicycle

An elderly Oxnard man has died, over a month after he was left-crossed by a driver while riding his bicycle.

According to the Ventura County Star, 84-year old Oxnard resident Joseph Smart was riding east on West Fifth Street in Oxnard around 6:15 pm on Sunday, November 5th, when he was struck by a westbound driver turning left onto South K Street.

Oxnard police were told Tuesday about Smart’s death.

There’s no word on any tickets or charges; police don’t believe the driver was speeding or under the influence.

Evidently, killing someone through simple carelessness isn’t illegal anymore. However, the investigation is reportedly ongoing, so maybe there’s hope.

Anyone with information is urged to call Traffic Investigator Alexis Arellano at 805/200-5668, or email alexis.arellano@oxnardpd.org.

But one thing is certain. Anyone who is still riding a bicycle at that age deserved better.

This is at least the 69th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in Ventura County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Joseph Smart and his loved ones.

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