A man was killed last Thursday night in a Fresno bicycle accident. The crash occurred just after 6:00 p.m. in the intersection of Friant Road and Old Friant Road. A 16-year-old driver hit the bicyclist while traveling southbound at a speed of 60-70 miles per hour. The speed limit along that stretch of road is 50 mph.
The cyclist was riding northbound on Friant Road, making a left turn onto Old Friant Road. He was struck on the right side of his bike. This area has very little street lighting. Lack of visibility, an inexperienced driver, and excessive speed are all contributing factors in the tragedy. The victim was identified as a 52-year-old man of Fresno.
At night it can be difficult to judge the speed of moving vehicles. It is not clear from reports whether the cyclist was equipped with lights to improve his visibility. Nevertheless, at the speed that the young driver was traveling it would have made it harder to notice and respond to the rider’s presence. Experienced motorists know how important it is to actively look for bikes, motorcycles, and pedestrians. Even so, with the increase of distracted driving, bicycle accidents remain common.
Just yesterday another bicyclist was rear-ended by a distracted driver in a Ford F350 near Laton. Thankfully the cyclist, who was airlifted to a nearby hospital, did not sustain any serious injuries.