It’s happened again.
For at least the third time this month, a bike rider traveling in a designated bike lane has killed in an apparent rear-end collision, this time in Claremont.
According to KTLA-5, the victim was riding east on Baseline Rd at or near Bonnie Brae Ave around 10 am today when he — or possibly she — was hit by a vehicle traveling in the same direction. While road position is not mentioned, the story notes the presence of a bike lane; a wide, curbside lane is clearly visible in Google’s street view.
Another report put the collision site near the Vons at Baseline and Mills Ave.
The victim was declared dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene and is reportedly cooperating with police.
This is at least the 86th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, compared to 74 last year, and the 37th in Los Angeles County — 13 more than each of the last two years.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his or her loved ones.
Thanks to Michael Wagner, Erik Griswold and Danny Gamboa for the heads-up.
Claremont Patch reports the collision occurred at 9:54 this morning.
Update 2: KTLA-5 reports the victim is 76-year old La Verne resident Ali Mirage. The driver, a 54-year old woman whose name was not released, has not been charged pending the outcome of the investigation.
Update 3: The Daily Bulletin reports Mirage was honored with a ghost bike on Tuesday. Family members remember him as a fearless free spirit who loved nature, life and exercising.