Unfortunately, it had to happen sooner or later.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a woman was killed in Oceanside around 7:20 pm when a driver slammed into her bicycle.
The crash occurred at near west State Route 76 and Benet Road.
The paper reports SR-76 is a surface street in that part of Oceanside, with stop lights at major intersections.
No other information is available at this time.
This is the first bicycling death I’m aware of in Southern California this year, and the first in San Diego County.
That compares with at least 78 SoCal bike deaths last year, and four in the county.
Yet they blame the victim for allegedly running the red light, only mentioning the DUI as an aside at the end of the story.
Then again, an earlier story on San Diego’s Fox 5 quotes a sergeant with the Oceanside police department as saying “intoxication was not a factor in the crash.”
So who the hell knows.
A street view shows a busy intersection with a two lane road with a 45 mph speed limit on Bennet, while SR-76 has four lanes with a 55 mph speed limit. Most SoCal drivers routinely exceed the posted limits by 5 to 15 mph, sober or otherwise.
There is simply no excuse to allow speeds like that on a surface street, unless your intention is to kill innocent victims.
It also seems extremely unlikely that the victim would have run the red light at an intersection like that, unless she was caught mid-crossing when the light changed.
Which is not the same thing in any sense.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all her loved ones.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.