Robert Horton, 62, was killed in a Santa Ana bicycle accident after a vehicle struck his bicycle near a freeway on-ramp.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred the evening of May 4, 2015 on a surface street in Santa Ana near the on-ramp to the northbound I-5.
California Highway Patrol officials say Horton was riding in a crosswalk on a surface street at the juncture with the on-ramp when he was struck by a
2002 BMW that was turning left onto the on-ramp. Horton was transported to an area trauma center where he died. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Robert Horton for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Bicycle Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 206 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents in Santa Ana.
In Orange County as a whole, 13 people died and 1,441 were injured due to bicycle collisions during the same year.
What Caused This Collision?
Freeway on-ramps can be extremely hazardous for bicyclists as well as pedestrians because a number of motorists fail to consciously look for bicyclists or pedestrians crossing at these locations.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the BMW was making a turn and collided with the bicyclist who was in a crosswalk at the on-ramp to the Interstate 5.
There are still a number of unanswered questions here.
Why did the driver fail to see the bicyclist in the crosswalk? Did alcohol or drugs play a part in this collision? Was the driver distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent? Is this on-ramp known to be a dangerous location for pedestrians and bicyclists?
We trust the answers to these and other questions may help shine the light on why this fatal bicycle crash occurred.
If the driver in this case is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
Victims’ families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.