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San Diego Rider Killed(5 posts)

San Diego Rider KilledBroBiker
Jun 8, 2001 4:19 PM
Any riders in San Diego have any info on the accident or rider who was hit by a car and killed on Kearny Villa Rd. on May 30?

Please, everyone ride safely and be defensive.

Safe riding,
BB
re: San Diego Rider KilledAD14
Jun 8, 2001 7:26 PM
I got my bike overhauled this winter and the mechanic at this shop apparently is a die hard shimano guy. I noticed shifting on the rear sometimes hung up. I came to a stop and sprinted across a busy intersection. The next thing I knew I was on the pavement looking up at a large sport utility bearing down on me. The chain came off during my hardest effort because the derailler(sp) was out of adjustment. It can happen that fast. My new mechanic had the campy shifter perfect in no time.
re: San Diego Rider KilledAD14
Jun 8, 2001 7:29 PM
I got my bike overhauled this winter and the mechanic at this shop apparently is a die hard shimano guy. I noticed shifting on the rear sometimes hung up. I came to a stop and sprinted across a busy intersection. The next thing I knew I was on the pavement looking up at a large sport utility bearing down on me. The chain came off during my hardest effort because the derailler(sp) was out of adjustment. It can happen that fast. My new mechanic had the campy shifter perfect in no time, and I have learned not to ride a bike when I know its not 100%. Be careful out there.
Durn, I rode Kearny Villa Rd dozens of times ...Humma Hah
Jun 8, 2001 8:06 PM
... sad to hear that anyone was killed, strikes really close to home since its my old mashing grounds.

My company was situated right at the northern end of Kearny Villa Rd, and the stretch from Miramar Rd down thru the Marine base to Waxie Way is a favorite stretch for cyclists -- the only inland route past the base open to bikes, has a huge paved shoulder, but can be a little tricky at the exits due to the very high speeds of the cars. Generally, I'd judge it quite safe. The rest of the road, to the south, is pretty ordinary urban road, normal hazards, but generally plenty wide and in good shape.
HummaBroBiker
Jun 11, 2001 10:36 AM
Generally, that stretch of road is safe. In this case it appears the driver was distracted and moved into the bike lane.

Tell me about hitting close to home, I ride the road about 4 times a week and actually rode up on the accident only minutes after the rider was hit. Kind of upsetting. I actually didn't hear about his death until a couple of days later. Don't know if he died at the scene or later.