A bicyclist was killed by a car in Corona del Mar on the evening of November 6th. The victim has been identified as Paul Lin, a 41-year-old man from Irvine. He was riding his bike Wednesday bike when he was struck by a car near the intersection of San Joaquin Hills Road and Marguerite Avenue. Newport Beach Police are still in the process of investigating the crash, and to determine who was at fault.
At 7:40 p.m. when the accident occurred, it would have been very dark. It’s possible that the driver of the vehicle did not take note of the cyclist. Even with taking the appropriate light precautions, drivers accustomed to looking just for cars can easily overlook a rider.
Our thoughts are with Mr. Lin’s family and friends.
There have been several bicyclist fatalities in Newport Beach in the past year. Most recently, Laguna Beach resident Debra Deem was killed by a minivan at the end of August. The community has taken these accidents seriously. The city has painted markings to designate sharrow lanes on several stretches of road, including PCH. There have also been several public meetings to promote bicycle awareness and safety.
We hope that the city continues these efforts to make the streets a safer place to ride. But the final responsibility to share the road will fall to all of us behind the wheel. As personal injury attorneys who have handled too many cases such as this, we strive to educate drivers, motorcyclists, and bikers on safety.