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    Cyclist killed on PCH

    A male cyclist was killed by a hit and run idiot on a popular stretch of northbound PCH at around 11:40 a.m. today.

    Really sad.

    And the idiotic driver took off.

    http://www.ocregister.com/news/kille...cle-coast.html
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    That really sucks. I was just getting ready to head out for a ride in that direction, kinda puts a downer on it now. Hope they find the driver and he gets what's coming to him, which if he was drunk should be the death penalty.
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    So sad to see one of our own taken out like that.Gods speed to him.I must admit these stories scare me and i do wonder when my number will come up.But it wont ever stop me.My prayers go out to his family.So sad.

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    I saw on another forum that they caught the guy up the road. He crashed into something and while investigating, they found he matched the description from the H and R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
    I saw on another forum that they caught the guy up the road. He crashed into something and while investigating, they found he matched the description from the H and R.
    Karma wins again.I always assume they are high on something because why would you ever take off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenout View Post
    Karma wins again.I always assume they are high on something because why would you ever take off?
    Just so sad.
    Last edited by rubic; 06-27-12 at 06:33 PM.

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    RIP sorry to read this...
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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    This makes me really sad. :/ This is my usual route for rides from Huntington Beach to Long Beach. RIP.
    Yeah man.

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    I literally just started crying after reading the article!! I was ON THOSE EXACT STREETS at 11am today riding back home to long beach and might have seen the cyclist. Wow....I'm so so Sad to hear the news of this and even more thankful than anything else that I was able to come home and see my wife. I will definitely not take things for granted anymore and pray that God brings comfort to the cyclist' family!
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    I ride that stretch (usually in the other direction) reasonably often... what a tragedy.

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    So sad and a needless tragedy. I too have ridden this stretch on several occasions. Scary.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    There are many, many comments submitted on the O.C. Register website concerning this article. David Whiting, reporter for the O.C. Register, left the below comment. This is a good opportunity for us to give some suggestions to someone who may be able to spread the word about possible solutions to the dangerous conditions out there.




    David Whiting Top Commenter Page One Columnist/Editor at Large at The Orange County Register Enlightening thread. It's sad that the division between cyclists (who also drive) and drivers continues to exist. If you have suggestions for solutions, please email me. I'll share in a future column. Please include city of residence and phone number: dwhiting@ocregister.com.

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    The idiot killer was DUI at 11:40 a.m. (shakes head)

    Be careful out there all.
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    The culture of alcohol and drinking in America kills people everyday. No one wants to stop the party though.

    Until America gets serious about punishing drunk drivers then enjoy the carnage.

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    RIP to the victim. I've ridden though that same spot thousands of times.

    Does anyone know who or when will they be putting a Ghost Bike on that spot? I'd like to be there.

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    Los Angeles Times

    Driver arrested in fatal hit and run in Huntington Beach
    June 22, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    A motorist in Huntington Beach who allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist and fled the scene on Friday was arrested later in connection with the collision, authorities said.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...ton-beach.html
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    I'm sorry to read this thread. The last car-vs.-cyclist accident that I witnessed (just last month) was also caused by an impaired driver.

    Regarding the driver, he was already on probation. Looks like he will end up doing a few years in prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeride View Post
    RIP to the victim. I've ridden though that same spot thousands of times.

    Does anyone know who or when will they be putting a Ghost Bike on that spot? I'd like to be there.

    Who generally does this? I work with the bicycles at the Huntington Beach PD and could probably donate a bike to be painted white for this. Perhaps if someone would help me with the logistics (ie: paint it and transport it to and from the accident locations), we could keep the ghost bike at the PD lot and use it for such occurrances as they come up. Let me know what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doeweaver View Post
    Who generally does this? I work with the bicycles at the Huntington Beach PD and could probably donate a bike to be painted white for this. Perhaps if someone would help me with the logistics (ie: paint it and transport it to and from the accident locations), we could keep the ghost bike at the PD lot and use it for such occurrances as they come up. Let me know what you think.
    So sad....

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    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...nty&id=8712054

    this stuff happens everyday. drunk drivers have no fear in america.

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    With the hugely increased penalties for hitting someone while DUI, unfortunately it makes sense to the perp to leave the scene, sober up, and turn themselves in later. Then you get their stories that they "never knew they hit anyone, but thought it was a pothole", or that the cyclist "came out of nowhere into their lane", and they can plea bargain way, way, down if there's no conflicting evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeride View Post
    RIP to the victim. I've ridden though that same spot thousands of times.

    Does anyone know who or when will they be putting a Ghost Bike on that spot? I'd like to be there.
    I rode past the location this morning...the Ghost Bike is there, along with a "RIP" sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
    I rode past the location this morning...the Ghost Bike is there, along with a "RIP" sign.
    Will have to do a ride that direction and bring some flowers to place there.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Every year I do the Ride of Silence, I also ride on PCH (in Ventura County). Two of my daughters are regular bike commuters. Sometimes I question the sanity of pursuing an activity that could kill or main me.

    Godspeed to the rider's family.
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    Sounds like the cyclist was riding on the shoulder and the motorist drifted too far to the right and hit the bicycle.

    This is one of the reasons I wear a sunglass mounted rear view mirror. It's not a 100% guarantee, but, if there's a car behind me that is weaving into the bike lane and threatening to mow me down, there's a chance that I'll notice and get out of the way before it's too late.

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