For example, On April 12, a 40-year-old driver was heading up Montezuma Road toward San Diego State. 63-year-old cyclist Charles Gilbreth was snug in the bike lane, probably feeling safe, as we bikers naively do. The driver, unable to lawfully pass a bus crawling up Montezuma, decided to pass the bus on the right, in the bike lane, rear-ending and killing Gilbreth. The driver was charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide, and on June 17, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor unsafe passing of a bicycle and was sentenced to 180 hours of public service.
In 2011, a teenager rear-ended and drove over 49-year-old John Przychodzen, killing him. The police issued only a $42 ticket for an unsafe lane change.
Then, in Nov. 2012, a driver heading north on the two-lane coastal highway in Santa Cruz bolted across both lanes killing Joshua Alper, a 40-year-old librarian cycling south in the bike land. The driver wasn’t charged; he wasn’t cited.
I am not making these up.
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