Dec 222012


A Sacramento man died in a car-versus-bicycle accident this morning on West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

According to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, both the cyclist from Sacramento and the car that struck him were going eastbound along the 2000-block of West Capitol when the collision occurred just after 7 a.m.

“The initial investigation indicates both the vehicle and a bicyclist were traveling eastbound on West Capitol Avenue when the bicyclist swerved to miss a large puddle of water,” said Sockman in a press release.  “The bicyclist pulled into the number two lane of traffic in front of the vehicle just before the collision. Weather conditions were severe and may have been a contributing factor in the collision. The bicyclist, a 51 year old male from Sacramento, suffered major head trauma and was pronounced dead on scene. His identity is being withheld until his next of kin can be notified. The driver, a resident of West Sacramento, was not injured in the accident. Speed and or alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in this accident.”

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  One Response to “Cyclist from Sacramento dies in West Sac”

  1. I have investigated cycling accidents throughout the United States for nearly 25 years. Frequently the cause of the accident is a distracted driver on a cellphone or texting. However, more often the problem is the roadway itself. Most roads in the United States were not designed to accommodate the volume of vehicle traffic sharing a lane with cyclists.

    I live in Miami, perhaps one of the most dangerous places in the country to ride a bicycle. I hope that our country will focus on educating both drivers and cyclists on the safest ways to share the road. I hope to see cycling only routes incorporated more in major metropolitan areas. My thoughts and prayers go out the families of both parties involved.