Last month in February in Escondido, California, a pedestrian was hit and killed by an 86-year-old woman driving a gold 2008 Toyota Corolla. The motorist stayed at the scene and waited for the police to arrive. Alcohol was not a factor in this fatal accident.
Following Lime's announcement of facilitating 11 million rides to its shared scooter userbase, a Washington D.C. man was killed while riding a Lime electric scooter in Dupont Circle. He was struck by an SUV and had to be extricated from the undercarriage of the vehicle following the accident. After sustaining life threatening and critical injuries, the victim passed away. Following the incident, DC Fire and EMS posted a short video of the extraction in progress.
A motorcyclist died after that person's bike struck a fuel truck on Clinton Avenue around 9:30 a.m. on July 25. The impact was strong enough to shatter the motorcycle into several hundred pieces according to a sergeant with local police. The roadway was shut down from Fine to Chestnut avenues after the crash.
On July 22, the California Highway Patrol reported that a 49-year-old motorcycle rider was killed in an accident in Hanford. CHP did not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal motorcycle accident, which resulted when the motorcyclist collided with a 2009 Chevrolet.
Two teenagers were killed after a subcontractor for the California Department of Transportation lost control of a cement truck in the Cajon Pass on the 15 Freeway. The fatal accident around 11:30 p.m. on June 24 near the Highway 138 exit. According to the news source, the truck driver was leaving a construction site with wet cement when it did not stop at an intersection, which led to the crash.
According to police, an out-of-control car crashed into a bus stop in San Fernando Valley and struck two pedestrians, killing one of them. The June 17 accident reportedly took place on North Sepulveda Boulevard in North Hills at approximately 10:40 a.m.
Two pedestrians were struck in Port Hueneme, California in a church parking lot. The accident occurred on June 1 at approximately 12:30 p.m. The two women were struck by a car and the car apparently then crashed into a brick wall.
A 19-year-old California driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after being involved in an accident that killed a 14-year-old boy. The accident occurred on April 19 in Mantaca, California. While drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in this crash, the driver told police that she was attempting to reach for her cellphone at the time the accident occurred. The driver's bail was set at $100,000.
A wrong-way driver on a Southern California freeway is blamed for the death of six individuals - including this driver's sister. The victims in this crash ranged from ages 21 to 47. She was said to have been driving her Chevrolet Camaro at over 100 miles per hour on Feb. 9 when the fatal motor vehicle accident occurred.
Although there are efforts to make Los Angeles -- and California as a whole -- more friendly to bikers, the reality is that cyclists face great dangers on the road. Previously, we posted about concerns regarding the soon-to-be-implemented passing law. Even though the state statute is designed to protect bikers by giving them a 3-foot buffer when being passed by a motor vehicle, many worry that it will not be entirely effective.