UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed in Crash With Metro Bus

An investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing.

UPDATE at 12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15: Coroner rules death as accidental.

According to the preliminary investigation, the woman lost control of her bicycle after some trucks passed her, and her handlebar hit a parked vehicle, said Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. She then veered into the bus, and was dragged beneath it and crushed, he said.

The driver was not arrested, Brooks said, but the investigation was continuing.

UPDATE at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13: Metro responds to collision.

MTA spokesman Luis Inzunza told City News Service that he didn't know if there were any passengers on board the bus when the accident occurred.

"I don't know whether the driver was a man or a woman or what the driver's previous safety record was," Inzunza said. "But we are doing our own investigation as well. And I know it's standard policy to give the driver a drug and alcohol test after any accident."

Inzunza said that as of 8:30 p.m., he did not yet have the results of that drug and alcohol test.

UPDATE at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13: Southbound Pacific Coast Highway is now fully open.

A woman riding a bicycle died Saturday afternoon after colliding with a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

The accident took place about 1:50 p.m. at 25019 Pacific Coast Highway, near Puerco Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The Los Angeles County Fire Department pronounced the bicyclist dead after arriving at the scene. 

"It is too early to verify who was at fault," Lt. Josh Thai of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station said. "Right now we are trying to piece things together and gather witnesses."

Thai said the Metro bus was on duty at the time of the accident. He described the dead bike rider as a 36-year-old female of Latino descent. Her family has yet to be notified. Thai said he was unsure if the woman was wearing a helmet.

Southbound Pacific Coast Highway between Puerco Canyon Road and John Tyler Drive has been closed temporarily.

City News Service contributed to this report.

hellwood October 25, 2012 at 04:10 AM
cool...Seth has officially joined us. Hey Seth! Come on over and Ill take you for a drive. Then you can write something accurate instead of acting like you know me. the boo hoo hellwood this and that makes you sound like a little baby. Your reading comprehension skills are minimal at best. You write an entire article that basically says 90% of PCH's problem is moronic drivers which is something Ive been saying for years. You should have quoted me instead of making up lies. I dont care one way or another if you ride on PCH. Why dont you go insult someone who actually thinks biking should be banned all together on PCH?
R. White October 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Hellwood, JINGO; Pump your brakes. No. Really. Pump your brakes before you run someone down and send them home in a pine box. Imagine how you will feel for the rest of your life knowing that your callous attitude toward road users other than yourself ended someones life. Seriously. Take just a moment and imagine trying to go to sleep at night knowing that your attitude and actions killed someone. Imagine the anguish the victim's family is suffering. Do you really want to be the cause of so much damage and harm? What if someone in your family decided to go for a bike ride on PCH and didn't come home? Causing this kind of damage will irreparably change your life, emotionally and financially. If you don't take responsibility for your actions, the courts will do it for you. Justice can be a very hard pill to swallow. If you disregard the safety of others, as is your legal duty the moment you turn out of your driveway, you'd better have some deep pockets to defend yourself. Even that might not be enough. Think about what your life will be like if you cause someone's death. Sit for a moment and think about that. I'm sure you can do better than you have presented yourself in this forum. The next time you see a cyclist on PCH, imagine they are your Brother, or Sister, or Mother or Father. Would you run them down?
Jody Kern October 27, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Hellwood, Marshall, I applaud your efforts in striving to get though to some cyclists here but as the saying goes, "You can't reason with a turnip." PCH is one of the most beautiful places to do anything, I can see how cyclists really dig all the scenery and the ocean, totally get it. I have been trying to sympathize and keep an open mind. So yeah, I hear ya. You have every right to ride on PCH, by law. Just like a stuntman has every right to be a stuntman. A surfer has every right to paddle out at Mavericks. Etc, etc. Just because you can, doesn't mean it's a good idea, and no citation of laws, routes, or rights will protect you from multiple, ever-present factors that are beyond your control. That being said, I don't apologize for getting frustrated toward misbehaving cyclists on PCH. Living out here, most of us work 30 to 40 miles from home. Malibu is still pretty much an outpost. We have to travel a lot to get things done and it can be really frustrating when people are joyriding 2 and 3 abreast around parked cars. I'll give you enough room, but you bet I will continue to yell and curse at you when it's called for. As for the more cool and reasonable riders, you have my respect, I wish you the best but still think you are risking it big to ride PCH. Why not go to much safer designated cycling paths elsewhere? PCH will never be reasonably safe for cyclists. Not because of me, or Hellwood, or any conscious local. To many wildcards out there.
Ann Tomkins October 27, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Perhaps when you are ticketed for road rage you will realize that yelling and cursing at cyclists is never "called for".
Jody Kern October 27, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Actually, you're right, no need to curse :>)


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