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Home News Latest Thursday night crash claims bicyclist’s life

Thursday night crash claims bicyclist’s life

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CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – A bicyclist died Thursday night after he was hit by a vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol’s report on the crash, issued late Thursday night, said the bicyclist’s identity was not known at that time.

The CHP said the collision occurred at 9:30 p.m. on Highway 20 east of Keys Boulevard in Clearlake Oaks.

The bicyclist was riding a black 10-speed east on Highway 20. The CHP said the man was wearing dark clothing but no helmet.

William Hartman, 68, of Yuba City was driving a 2003 GMC Sonoma eastbound on Highway 20 with 59-year-old Evelyn Krause, also of Yuba City, riding as his passenger, the CHP said.

Hartman didn’t see the bicyclist and hit him from behind, according to the CHP.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said. Hartman and Krause were uninjured.

The CHP said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the Thursday night crash.

The collision remains under investigation by CHP Officer Geer.

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written by a guest, March 22, 2013
I haven't seen many bicyclists following the CVC section.

California Vehicle code 21201, section (d).

(d) A bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, shall be equipped with all of the following:

(1) A lamp emitting a white light that, while the bicycle is in motion, illuminates the highway, sidewalk, or bikeway in front of the bicyclist and is visible from a distance of 300 feet in front and from the sides of the bicycle.

(2) A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.

(3) A white or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from the front and rear of the bicycle from a distance of 200 feet.

(4) A white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the center of the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side to the rear of the center of the bicycle, except that bicycles that are equipped with reflectorized tires on the front and the rear need not be equipped with these side reflectors.

(e) A lamp or lamp combination, emitting a white light, attached to the operator and visible from a distance of 300 feet in front and from the sides of the bicycle, may be used in lieu of the lamp required by paragraph (1) of subdivision (d).

Mike B
written by a guest, March 22, 2013
This is a well lite area at night. Lights from the Chevron, Happy Garden, Lakeside Motel and two street lamps within 100 yards of each other. The rider must have not been wearing good visable clothing. Sad.
Sad for the victim?
written by yellowwing, March 22, 2013
More sad for the driver who, because the bicyclist was not defensively clothed, must live with the reality of having been involved in a crash that resulted in someone's death!

I am so tired of people feeling sorry for those who CHOSE to put themselves at risk! I'm not talking about bicycling, I'm talking the lack of appropriate clothing to make themselves visible.

It would be so nice if people who make those choices thought of someone other than themselves!

This was not an accident - this was suicide by motor vehicle!

A tragedy all the way around.
written by a guest, March 22, 2013
Yup, I agree with Tony. Most of us have seen (or not seen) folks riding on the road without lights. I don't know if there is a law (there is for kids) that you must have lights at night but there should be. I'm all for freedom from excess laws, but how about how the person that killed him must feel, and for how many years will that plague them. I have never heard of or seen a sheriff stop kids for this infraction, but perhaps they could more proactive and save lives.

This is why...
written by HeyTheresTony, March 22, 2013
...I bought very very bright flashing lights from Main Street Bicycles as well as a nice, bright headlight. Unfortunate that this person had to die.
written by a guest, March 22, 2013
Unfortunately, Lake County is a bad place to ride a bike (as are many other counties) - you take your life in your hands when you do here. So sad for the victim, but no helmet at night? A bad choice that may have caused his demise.
Bicycle lights?
written by Tony, March 22, 2013
There is no mention about lights on the bicycle. If no lights, this could be a very good possibility why the driver of the vehicle did not see the bicyclist from behind.

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