A bicyclist was killed this afternoon in an accident involving a FedEx delivery truck. The collision occurred in a residential neighborhood in Fullerton, at the intersection of Nutwood Avenue and Ladera Vista Drive.
The truck driver was in the process of making a left hand turn, so it’s possible that the cyclist had the right of way at the time. The Fullerton Police Department is in the process of investigating the bicycle accident, and will not release the details on the victim until family has been notified. She is, however, described as a woman in her early twenties.
The neighborhood where the accident took place, like most residential streets, does not have marked bicycle lanes. It’s the responsibility of drivers to look for bicyclists, especially in residential areas where they are common. This tragedy is another reminder of how important it is for us to continue educating our community on the importance of bicycle awareness and road sharing.
Orange County has already had several bicycle fatalities this year, and more cyclists have been injured. One life lost due to carelessness is one too many.
Any accident involving a car or truck and a bicyclist puts the rider in significantly greater danger than those protected by their vehicle’s size and safety features. Too often, the inability of cyclists and drivers to share the road responsibly leads to significant harm and loss of human life.
There is a possibility that the Fullerton Police investigation will find that the FedEx truck driver’s negligence led to the accident. Trucks have notoriously big blind spots and poor maneuverability, both factors which may have contributed to this incident.
Our deepest condolences go out to the young woman’s family and friends. Next time you get behind a wheel, please look twice before changing lanes or making turns. If you’re a cyclist, remember to wear a helmet, make eye contact with drivers, and anticipate hazards like turning cars or drivers that seem erratic. It’s also good idea to wear reflective clothing when riding at night.