Sometimes, bad news never makes the news.
Like the death of a bike rider in Laguna Niguel on Thursday.
Thursday evening, OC bike lawyer Edward Rubinstein forwarded a post from Nextdoor, which said Alicia Parkway was closed after a bike rider had been struck by a driver.
That was followed by an unconfirmed response stating the victim didn’t make it.
Sadly, that was followed by the tweet below, confirming a man in his late 60s was killed.
The tweet places the site of the crash at Alicia Parkway and Awma Road, at the entrance to Alisa Woods Canyon Park.
A response from Jim Martin suggests the crash may have been in the northbound lane.
Looks like Northbound, Lane 3/Left turn pocket. Lots of bikes cross there. No light, though a ped crossing light ~100 yards South that cars often blow at 60+ mph.
Unfortunately, no time is given. However, the email from Rubinstein came around 8 pm Thursday night, while the first Nextdoor post came nine hours earlier, placing the crash sometime before 11 am Thursday.
There’s no description of how the collision occurred.
A street view shows a six lane speedway, with just a stop sign on Awma. According to Rubinstein, the painted bike lane on Alicia was removed in a recent repaving and hasn’t been restriped yet, leaving riders at the mercy of drivers who frequently exceed the 50 mph speed limit.
The placement of the victim’s bike next to the center divider suggests he may have been trying cross the roadway and didn’t make it. But it’s also possible it was knocked there by the force of the impact.
Meanwhile, the SUV next to the bike doesn’t show any visible signs of an impact, high speed or otherwise.
Hopefully, we’ll get more information soon.
This is at least the eighth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second that I’m aware of in Orange County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Edward Rubinstein, David Becker and Jim Martin for the heads-up.