Source: A 62-year-old bicyclist who was riding on the wrong side of a Simi Valley street in darkness early Friday collided with a tractor-trailer and later died, police said. Trinidad Nava of Simi Valley didn't have required lighting on his bicycle at the time of the 4:35 a.m. crash, police said. Nava was riding southbound on the wrong side of First Street north of Easy Street when he was hit by a tractor-trailer that was making a right turn from a driveway onto northbound First Street, police said. The unidentified driver stopped to try to help Nava, who was rushed to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. He died of blunt force injuries about 5:30 a.m. Police said there is no evidence that alcohol or drugs played a role in the collision. The Ventura County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office ruled Nava's death an accident. The crash occurred near a proposed bicycle lane route that the City Council rejected in May, citing opposition from businesses. The lanes would have gone in each direction on Los Angeles Avenue between Madera and Erringer roads, a major business district, and would have let cyclists pedal directly from the city's east end to the west end. Council members observed that only a few cyclists showed up in support of the proposed lanes. One of them, Simi Valley resident Richard Mason, 67, said at the time that the city has a reputation for not being cycling-friendly. However, it's unknown if a bike lane would have helped prevent this accident, considering that Nava was riding on wrong side of the street with no lights in pre-dawn darkness. Simi police urge bicyclists to ride in accordance with traffic laws and to ensure they are visible to vehicles, using lighting and reflective clothing. The Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office did not immediately know Friday if Nava's death was the first fatal bicycle collision in the county this year. Last year, four bicyclists died in the county, the office said. Three of the deaths stemmed from crashes outside the county, but were included in the county's figures because the victims died in hospitals here.
Crash time: between 3 a.m. and 5:59 a.m.
Closest Intersection: E Easy St
Land use: Suburban
Road type: Urban Arterial
Where on the road the collision happened: Intersection
Collision type: Right hook
Vehicle type: Large Trucks
If truck: Commercial Truck
At crash time driver was: Don't Know
At crash time cyclist was: Wrong Way Riding
SourcesSource: News Report
Link if Website: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/aug/10/bicyclist-injured-sent-hospital-after-semi-crash-s/