Bike to Work Day is supposed to be a celebration of bicycling. Not a reason for yet another ghost bike.
We mentioned yesterday that a woman was critically injured while riding her bike in the Belmont Shores neighborhood of Long Beach early yesterday morning.
Today we learned that she didn’t make it.
According to Long Beach Local News, the victim, who has been publicly identified only as an adult woman, was struck by a driver after allegedly riding through a red light at Second Street and Bayshore Avenue.
The crash occurred around 5:25 am as she was riding north on Bayshore and was struck by a vehicle headed west on Second.
Long Beach firefighters sped her to a local hospital with injuries to her upper torso; however, she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.
Photos from the scene show a hot pink road bike lying in the north crosswalk at Second Street and The Toledo. Which means she had crossed the entire street before she was struck, and knocked 15 to 20 yards by the force of the impact.
A street view shows a four lane street with a left turn bay and bike lanes on Second, with a 25 mph speed limit, and a single lane in each direction on Bayshore.
As always, the question is whether there were any independent witnesses who actually saw who had the green light, or if Long Beach police relied strictly on the driver’s account, since the victim would have been unable to share her side of the story.
It’s entirely possible she entered the intersection with the green or yellow, and it changed while she was crossing.
It’s also questionable whether the driver was observing the speed limit, given the extent of her injuries; most drivers in Southern California routinely exceed the speed limit by five to ten mph or more, especially given the early morning hour.
Either way, this is yet another tragic reminder to always observe traffic signals and especially the right-of-way.
This is at least the 29th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 12th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County; it’s also the third in Long Beach.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all her loved ones.
Thanks to John McBrearty for the heads-up.