Update: 45-year old woman killed in Simi Valley collision while biking in crosswalk

More bad news leading into what should be a happy weekend.

The Simi Valley Police Department is reporting that a woman was killed in a collision while riding her bike Thursday afternoon.

According to a press release from the department, the victim, identified only as a 45-year old Simi Valley resident, was struck by a driver at Fitzgerald Road and Erringer Road around 1:46 pm yesterday.

She riding west in the crosswalk on the eastbound side of Fitzgerald, when she was struck by a driver traveling south on Erringer.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s important to note that bicycles are allowed in crosswalks in California, and that all crosswalks are bidirectional.

The intersection is controlled with a four-way stop; there’s no word on whether one or both people properly observed the stop and right-of-way.

Simi Valley police investigators report neither party appeared to be impaired.

Anyone with information is urged to call Simi Valley Traffic Collision Investigator Eric Cooke at 805/583-6185, or email ecooke@simivalley.org.

This is at least the 73rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth that I’m aware of in Ventura County.

There have been reports of at least two other deaths in this week in the Los Angeles area that remain unconfirmed.

Update: The victim has been identified as 45-year old Simi Valley resident Patricia Cooper

The vehicle the driver struck her with was a 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, an oversized SUV with a high, flat grill virtually designed to kill.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Patricia Cooper and her loved ones.

Thanks to Linda Righetti for the heads-up.



  1. Donald J. Francis says:

    “The vehicle the driver struck her with was a 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450, an oversized SUV with a high, flat grill virtually designed to kill.“

    Cars are not “designed”to kill. Why do libs conflate everything? You don’t know which party violated the stop. I guess UPS trucks are designed to kill. Your argument is so dumb. What a poor choice of words by a climate warrior. It’s really pathetic to come across such trash on the internet. Calm down. Drink some coffee. lol

    • bikinginla says:

      Thank you for sharing your opinion. However, you assume far too much about me and my political views. If you insist on sharing your own political bias, do it in a more appropriate forum. And show some damn respect for the dead.

  2. Travis says:

    100% agree with Donald in the comments!

    • Matthew Brown says:

      I cross that intersection on my bike often. It’s rarely busy. I can’t imagine it happening without someone ignoring the stop signs.

      While crosswalks can be crossed by bike in either direction, often cyclists are either riding the wrong way on the road, or using the sidewalk to get there. I don’t know how the cyclist approached the crosswalk in this case.

  3. Chris says:

    From what I understand (if I’m correct) Patricia Cooper was the mother of five girls. Has anything fund been set up to help out her family?

    • bikinginla says:

      None that I’m aware of.

    • Loretta says:

      yes, She was a St Rose of Lima church
      parishioner. They are collecting funds for her family.

    • Melissa keller says:

      I am her cousin and she has 7 girls 5 under the age of 12 . And just so u know my cousin was in the crosswalk and the woman tried to keep going but a car parked in front of her so she couldn’t leave . Then told the police she didn’t know she hit anything but she had to have been going at a high speed and how u come across and don’t see the person before is beyond me or feel when u hit someone and a bike it wasn’t like some lil animal. Anyways the cops as I am informed ruled it an accident . We have a go fund me page and her church also set up one .

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