Many health and environmentally minded Southern Californians realize the benefits of bicycling. Whether someone chooses to ride a bike as a form of recreation, exercise or as a viable way to make their daily commute, there are risks involved. While the California Highway Patrol has suggested that it’s bicyclists make risky moves much of the time, NPR reports that even the federal government does not necessarily know exactly who is at-fault when bicycles and cars collide.
According to an article that appeared on the Patch.com website, a 62-year-old man was struck and killed in Long Beach by an elderly driver on January 31st. According to the Long Beach Police Department, the accident happened at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Los Coyotes Diagonal, located just south of Palo Verde Avenue.
The cyclist was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Long Beach Police Department released a statement following the accident saying that in the early stages of the investigation, it was determined that the bicyclist had been traveling in the bicycle lane on northbound Los Coyotes Diagonal, heading toward the intersection of Palo Verde. Witnesses say that the light for northbound Los Coyotes Diagonal had been green, however, the bicyclist, “made an unsafe lane change across all lanes of traffic” in an attempt to make a left turn onto Palo Verde. The bicyclist then collided with a 2015 Toyota Corolla being driven by an 88-year-old man that was traveling southbound on Los Coyotes Diagonal.