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Old 08-18-10, 10:39 AM
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Not again! Cyclist Dies; Was Involved In Newport Coast Crash

This is my twice a week route too.... RIP
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UPDATED: Police confirm crash occurred Aug. 3.

A cyclist who was involved in a crash along Newport Coast Drive earlier this month has died, sources say.

The man died at Mission Hospital at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Steve Burdette of the Newport Beach Police Department. The cause of death appears to be complications from back surgery.

The man appears to have been known by members of the Orange County Rebel Riders cycling group. The groupís website says that the manís surgery was related to the crash and was a surprise because he seemed to be recovering.

The accident occurred along Newport Coast Drive near the 73 Toll Road, sources said. One member of the manís regular riding group said in an online post that he arrived on the scene as the paramedics were transporting the victim.

ďI hope I never come up on another scene like this again,Ē the man posted. ďIíve seen too many people get hurt and worse over the years.Ē

Friends said the victim was a highly skilled cyclist. Newport Beach police are investigating the crash.

https://www.coronadelmartoday.com/133...t-coast-crash/

https://articles.dailypilot.com/2010-...uthbound-lanes
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Old 08-18-10, 11:53 AM
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The man in question was Dan Crain - an experienced ultra-racer and randonneur. It sounds like he may have suffered a pulmonary embolism after the first of two scheduled back surgeries (though I'm not sure cause of death has been determined yet) - everyone who knew him is pretty shocked it seems, as he was a very fit 65 year old who was looking forward to starting physical therapy with hopes of getting back on the bike.

There are active threads about this on the PCH Randos and SD Randos google groups should you want more details...
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Old 08-18-10, 12:22 PM
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You can read more on Dan Crain's passing here:

https://www.ocrebels.com/

It is possible his passing was due to complications of his surgery or age, not the accident.
Regardless, it's sad news.

More and more I see roadies taking unnecessary risks and chances while "playing" in traffic. Always remember you are smaller, lighter and frailer than a car. Give traffic the respect its deserves and also just now, we are all subject to acidents, try not to take risks.
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Old 08-18-10, 12:35 PM
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Condolences to friends and family...
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Old 08-18-10, 12:54 PM
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Reading the comments from drivers on the news stories linked to the article makes me shake my head.... I love it when drivers state that its 100% the cyclist fault.

Reminds me of the blue hairs that speed in our neighborhood. "Slow down" I yell to them "they're kids on bikes and skateboards". "Tell your kids to stop playing in the streets" they reply. Nevermind that your piloting a 4000-6000 lb machine at or above the speed limit. I really believe that drivers rationalize a death by believing that it was the "other guys fault'.

You want to play chicken with me or my kids? Big tough guy behind the wheel of the car...

Sorry for the rant. Bike commuting does that to you.
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Old 08-18-10, 01:42 PM
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Dan Crain was a great man and a wonderful cyclist. Over the years, he's helped me out several times (repairing a broken chain on Tour of Two Forests, loaning me a front wheel half-way through the Grand Tour double), but the most memorable ride we had was the staff ride for the Hemet Double.

That Hemet staff ride kept being rescheduled (numerous times) but we finally ended up riding it on Dec. 13th. It was cold all day, never did warm up much above 50, plus we had rain several times and there was a mistake on the route sheet that gave us 11 "bonus" miles.

Still, Dan kept a good sense of humor about the whole thing, and after riding all day and a bit more than 8 hours in the dark, we finally finished it. He will be missed!

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Photo below is Dan Crain on Glendora Ridge Road.


Photo below shows Dan in the middle-left after the finish of the Dec. 13th Hemet Double Century. I'm on the left (forgot the name of the rider on the other side of Dan). Far right is Frank Neil who was one of our SAG drivers.

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Old 08-18-10, 01:45 PM
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With the exception of a few drivers, I don't believe car drivers purposely go after cyclists. I'm on the road almost everyday as well and I see day after day, bicyclists taking risks... running lights and stop signs, turning in front of cars, etc. I stopped riding with my bike club the day a large group darted out across 3 lanes of heavy traffic in order to move into a left turn lane. Cars had to brake - hard - to avoid hitting unattentive cyclists. Now that's not to say motorists aren't jerks and unattentive as well... just Monday I was brushed by a jerk on a cell phone who drifted into the bike lane. Scared me half to death! Caught the guy at the light and gave him a scolding. He didn't mean it. He was just being stupid at the time. So knowing that, I try to ride defensively.
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This is awful. My condolences to his friends and family. Pamestique has brought up issue of reducing our risks by not taking risks in traffic. We should all take the advise of a LifeFlight helicopter pilot that I know. He told me that while being a wild army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war, he now flies conservatively like a commercial airline pilot. This is how we should ride in traffic. Of course we have no control over distracted drivers.

Be careful out there.
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Old 08-18-10, 10:40 PM
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You remind me of the saying, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots; but there are no old bold pilots.”
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I'm pretty upset, I was waiting till after his second surgery to visit him down at the hospital because he was in a lot of pain after his first surgery. I will be going to his funeral on Saturday to say my good by's. There is a new article in the Register about him. https://www.ocregister.com/news/crain...collision.html

Dan will be missed both on and off the road.
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Old 08-19-10, 01:18 AM
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Terrible news. I wish Mr. Crain's family and friends the strength to bear his loss with fortitude.
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Originally Posted by WhiteCarbonDude View Post
Dan will be missed both on and off the road.
Chuck Bramwell of the CA Triple Crown has set up a memorial web page for Dan Crain.

Here is the link: https://caltriplecrown.blogspot.com/2...be-missed.html

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Old 08-19-10, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
Photo below is Dan Crain on Glendora Ridge Road.

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Oh my! That is terrible news, Dan was a very NICE guy. I'm not sure if this is a pic from the GMR ride where we met but I've had the pleasure. Truly a nice guy, very friendly fellow. I met him the first time and he treated me like we had been buddies for years. Gave me a yellow Livstrong bracelet too. Now that is a big loss in cycling!
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My condolences to his family and friends. This is the fifth cycling vs. car death in a month around So Cal. So sad and upsetting.
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Old 08-20-10, 01:29 PM
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I rode with Dan on the Solvang Fall century staff ride in 2006. He was a great rider and a great guy. Dan, you will be missed.
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The Rebels are organizing a memorial ride for Dan this coming Saturday (8/28). The details will be posted on the "Rides" page on the OCRR website. You're all invited.
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I rode from Downey to the Starbucks on Yorktown and Golden West. Met some of his friends. I did not know him but wanted to at least show some support. All very nice people. After that went to performance bikes in Fountain Valley. Nice weather.
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