Bad news from North LA County, as a bike commuter lost his life in a collision earlier this week.
According to the Antelope Valley Times, 40-year old Palmdale resident Jeff Aubrey McGrath was riding south on Sierra Highway north of Pearblossom Highway around 4:40 am Wednesday when he was rear-ended by a car traveling in the same direction.
The paper reports the driver remained at the scene, and did not appear to be intoxicated.
A story in Thursday’s Antelope Valley Press, which is not available online, indicates McGrath was riding in the right lane on his way to work when he was hit, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
McGrath had worked as a farm handyman for over 15 years, and often came into work very early.
A street view shows a narrow shoulder, with the right lane merging into a single lane shortly above Pearblossom.
There’s no word on whether he was using lights or reflectors, nearly two hours before sunrise, or why the driver apparently didn’t see him.
This is the 44th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 19th in Los Angeles County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Jeff McGrath and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Michele Chavez for the heads-up.