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Cyclist in Grave Condition

The unidentified man was allegedly drunk when he hit a car on 11th Street, near Oak Street about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

A man, not wearing a helmet, was in extremely critical condition this weekend after landing head first onto the pavement in bicycle crash in the Sunset Park neighborhood.

The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Known only to police as in his 40s, the man struck an open car door as he pedaled southbound on 11th Street. The impact sent him flying over the door, and when he hit the ground, he wasn’t breathing, according to Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Lewis said a friend and a neighbor attempted CPR before he was transported to a local trauma center.

“Alcohol played a big role,” Lewis said. “We do not know that he is going to survive.”

Witnesses reported seeing the victim swerve in and out of traffic lanes, and his blood alcohol level was tested at the hospital, Lewis said.

The car door had been open for several seconds before the collision, Lewis said.

"There will not be any criminal charges," he said. "It appears to be an accident."

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Gary Kavanagh June 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Our culture evolved to devalue human life in the street in exchange for motoring convenience, but that wasn't always the case, car drivers were demonized as killers in the early years of cars showing up in American cities (book Fighting Traffic is great document of that history) and the law enforcement responded as such. It took decades to sort of lock in what has more or less been the cultural norm since the 40's, but there are other places in the world that started to follow the same path we did and changed course, creating laws and infrastructure design that supported bicycling. I refuse to accept the status quo, and I refuse to have my freedom to ride impeded by the bullies of the road. I take as much care as I can, I have no death wish, but I will ride, and I'm not going to be bullied out of it. I don't care how many motorists want to cry and moan, throw tantrums and wield their vehicles around like weapons. Biking is going to be more common whether drivers like it or not, so get used to it. Economics and natural resource limits will enforce reality, no matter how much we would like to delude ourselves into believing we can keep our hundreds of millions of cars running into perpetuity. With growth rates of recent past projected, China will be consuming 100% of all net global oil exports by 2020. Something has to give, the hammer will come down on mass motoring sooner or later, it's time to get used to alternative modes of getting around.
billdsd June 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Exactly how does a bicyclist appear to think that motorists should get out of their way? When a car is in my way, I go around.
Bon Lives June 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I have a question for the bicyclists...I'm driving on a road that has one lane in both directions and a bike lane on both sides of the road. I happen upon three bicyclists...the rightmost one riding on the line that separates the bike lane from the "for the most part" car lane...the other two bicyclists are to the left of that bicyclist in the car lane...taking up half of the car lane. There's basically enough room in the bike lane for all three cyclists to be riding side by side...if they must...but nooooo...they choose to ride in the car lane. cars can't pass or veer out of the lane due to a double yellow separating lanes. What to do? Wouldn't it be easier, safer and more courteous for them to be in the bike lane single file? I see this plenty where I live and I have no idea what they're thinking! I chalk it up to Darwinism and suspect they're just oblivious like most bad or distracted drivers.
billdsd June 14, 2012 at 09:39 PM
1. Is it really a bike lane? Bike lanes have bike lane symbols and/or bike lane signs next to them. People complaining about bicyclists outside of the bike lane almost invariably are complaining about instances that they have seen where there is no bike lane. A shoulder is not a bike lane. A parking lane is not a bike lane. The right edge of the traffic lane is not a bike lane. 2. Even if it is a bike lane (which I strongly doubt), there could be issues like broken glass or other debris on it or surface damage. They could also be within a couple hundred feet of an intersection or driveway and be trying to avoid being right hooked. The law exempts bicyclists from having to ride in the bike lane for all of these conditions.
Bon Lives June 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM
1. Yes, it's a bike lane...nice little painted bike with the words "Bike Lane"...specially reserved for cyclists. 2. No debris, surface damage, nearby intersection or driveway....solid white line separating the Bike Lane and car lane. They're just cruising right along...chatting side by side...trusting that several ton vehicles coming up on them from behind at 45+ mph will see them and cross the double yellow line to go around and not interrupt their leisurely ride. Seriously...I see it everyday. I live in SoCal...so perhaps it's a local cyclist entitlement attitude...not sure. But I think they are either stupid or crazy to put their lives at risk trusting drivers to react. Back to the question...what is the car supposed to do? I give a quick honk way in advance to let them know I'm coming so they have time to move into their reserved bike lane...most of the time they don't and flip me the bird. I'm not making this up. I'm just wondering what they expect me (us) to do. Again, I ride a motorcycle sometimes and I am on high alert and my attitude is that cars don't see me or are out to get me and it's my responsibility to preserve my well being. I don't sense that kind of attitude with a lot of cyclists...I could be wrong.
billdsd June 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Where is this, specifically? I want to look it up in Google Maps Street View. If it really is that wide and really is a bike lane and really doesn't have broken glass or other debris or surface damage and isn't approaching driveways or intersections, then I have a hard time believing that they were out in the lane. As far as seeing them, if you can't see three bicyclists riding side by side in the road then you should not be driving.
Bon Lives June 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Agoura Road, eastbound 1-2 miles before Reyes Adobe. The Amgen race actually uses this road...so it's in good enough condition for the best cyclists in the world...but at least they are smart enough to close the road to vehicle traffic when riding in the car lanes. One of my favorites is PCH...cars hauling ass at 60 mph and cyclists riding ON the white bike lane line for a "smooth" ride. IMO, these folks are crazy and way too comfortable with several ton hunks of metal flying by just a couple feet away...again...most of them being distracted or bad drivers. You still haven't answered the question. Clearly you're in denial. Do you even comprehend how accidents happen? Look up the definition of accident and tell me who loses between a car/truck and a bicycle. Look what happened to the unfortunate cyclist in the article above...and the car was parked. I'll continue to honk and hopefully scare some sense into them in hopes they'll stay in the bike lane where they belong.
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I started looking approximately 2 miles east of Reyes Adobe and there are two traffic lane in each direction until you get about 2/3 mile from Reyes Adobe where it narrows to one traffic lane for about a half mile and then it widens out to two traffic lanes before getting to Reyes Adobe. There is indeed a real bike lane there. That bike lane appears to vary in width a fair bit though I don't see any place where it's especially wide. Mostly it looks like a standard 5 foot wide bike lane. In some places it's narrower than that. I'm seeing some surface damage in places. It tends to be hard to see surface damage in Street View unless it's pretty bad. Broken glass and other small debris is effectively impossible to see in Street View and tends to be transient anyway. When the Street View van went by there was even a "road work" sign blocking the bike lane. In any case, this is quite a bit different than what you described. I know more about how accidents happen than you do. I have studies bicycle accidents extensively. Bicyclists being hit from behind accounts for roughly 3%-8% of collisions between bicycles and cars depending upon which study you're reading (different regions, different years). I have read dozens of such studies over the years. The problem here is that you're just making things up. You haven't studied how these things happen. Bicyclists are actually quite safe when they are visible and they are extremely visible in the middle of the lane.
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Whoops, I meant 2 miles WEST of Reyes Adobe - looking EAST bound going towards Reyes Adobe.
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Bicycle safety is not obvious. If you want to claim to know it, then you have to study it. Here's a few good sources: http://www.bikexprt.com/streetsmarts/usa/index.htm http://cyclingsavvy.org http://www.bikeed.org http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/courses.php#101 http://www.youtube.com/user/CyclistLorax Effective Cycling by John Forester, ISBN 0262560704 Cyclecraft by John Franklin, ISBN 0117064769
RJ June 15, 2012 at 06:46 AM
.......after reading many of the comments it seems there are a few responders that have lost common sense in their zeal to arrogantly prove something. Usually by over quoting statistics. The reader that pointed out the insane idea of bicyclist riding along cars on PCH is a great example of "no common sense”. Sort of like the pedestrian that steps out into a cross walk just because the cross walk light turned green even when a car is still traveling through the intersection. Then screams "I'll sue"! Could never figure that one out. Maybe it’s an arrogant sense of entitlement or some kind of poor man's estate planning to provide for the family. Conscientiously stepping in front of moving vehicle weather the driver is in the right or wrong is insane. Doesn’t matter if they get a ticket if you get turned into a hood ornament. The undeniable fact remains that you can't fit the proverbial 10 lbs. of stuff in a 5 lbs. bag which is what is being attempted by squeezing newly created bike lanes into the same space historically used by automobile traffic. To those that quote traffic regulations from the 1920s and earlier to prove their point is also an example of lost common sense. But go ahead knock yourself out and try to compete with a couple of tons of steel while being squeezed into the space used for cars in the last "50 YEARS" (hopefully that time line works for some readers without missing the point of my comments).
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
RJ, you have no common sense. What you have is called common ignorance. You know nothing about bicycle safety. You have never spent five minutes studying it. Bicycles do just fine in the roads. I have posted the references for how to ride safely in the roads. If your bully logic was true, then 18 wheelers and cars could not share the roads safely. In reality, they do just fine. Your ignorance is showing.
Rev Glenn June 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Bicyclist in Santa Monica are required to follow the same rules as a Motor Vehicle.. Yet EVERYDAY at Rose and Lincoln or on Ocean Park, running stop-signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, causing at least 2 accident that I have witnessed in the last 2 months. Yet they still ride the sidewalks, bowling over people who have a hard time walking or in my case with a cane.. Don't try to feed me your bullshit that all SM Bikers are Good and all Vehicle Drivers are bad.. The Bicyclist don't respect the drivers or pedestrians.. WTF ? I have been to Santa Monica ER 3 times in one year from being run down by bicyclists on the sidewalk. Then you cry because some driver leans on his horn.. Grow up
Glenn Roland June 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Bicyclist in Santa Monica are required to follow the same rules as a Motor Vehicle.. Yet EVERYDAY at Rose and Lincoln or on Ocean Park, running stop-signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, causing at least 2 accident that I have witnessed in the last 2 months. Yet they still ride the sidewalks, bowling over people who have a hard time walking or in my case with a cane.. Don't try to feed me your bullshit that all SM Bikers are Good and all Vehicle Drivers are bad.. The Bicyclist don't respect the drivers or pedestrians.. WTF ? I have been to Santa Monica ER 3 times in one year from being run down by bicyclists on the sidewalk. Then you cry because some driver leans on his horn.. Grow up
Tom hays June 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM
No doubt car drivers break the law but not as consistently as bicyclists who consistently blow through stop signs as well as red lights and routinely traverse my one way street the wrong way.
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Rev, that sounds like bicyclists are behaving exactly the same as motorists.
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Really? You don't see hundreds of motorists speeding and not signalling lane changes or turns every time you're out on the roads? I sure do. I see dozens of motorists rolling stop signs and rolling right on red every day. I see quite a lot of other violations too.
RJ June 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
.....thank you billdsd for proving my point with your response. Looks like I'm right on especially when you try to insinute some kind of logic comparing an 18 wheeler and a car to that of a car and a bicycle (a non-motorized transportation device). Yikes! No question as to which scenero most would pick if both "drivers" are going to "walk away" unharmed. Don't think the bicyicle rider has a change when tangling with a car vs. a car and a 19 wheeler. However, I have no doubt you know the A-Z on bicycles. Hopefully you don't need a "motorized" ambulance one day and it gets delayed because a car and bike got tangled.
billdsd June 15, 2012 at 06:07 PM
You assume that collisions are inevitable. They are not. I have posted quite a few safety references. They are about ways to prevent collisions. They really work. You just don't know because you have not studied.
Another WorldView June 16, 2012 at 07:49 AM
If you didn't drive so slowly that a bike is passing you - maybe this incident wouldn't have taken place. If he had been hit - and frankly, I think that you are exaggerating about the danger - it sounds like it would have been his fault, not yours. But since you say that he yelled at you - my guess, is that there is more to this story than you're letting on. In my experience, people on bikes are just trying to get where they are going - not yell at you. It would be nice to know all the details about this 'incident' Jasmyn, because I'm guessing that there is more to this story than you're willing to admit.
Another WorldView June 16, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Why not worry about your own safety, and let the bikes do the same. It's a little different coming to a full and complete stop (and thanks to the retarded traffic engineers here in SM, you'll be doing that at just about every corner) when you've got a bunch of little fossils doing the work and moving you around. When you have to stand on the pedals each time you need to get moving - it changes your perspective. Being on a bike, you're up high and have good visibility. If you can't tell when it's safe to pass from up there, then you get what you're asking for.
Another WorldView June 16, 2012 at 08:05 AM
If you are "driving" you are engaged in interstate commerce - go check the Federal Definition. (The)People (of California), when travelling by bicycle, should be required to follow nothing more than their own good judgement and common sense. If they cause harm to another - then you have ground to complain, but not until then. And bildsd has it right here. Bikes get pulled over too. If you think that the revenue generation scheme of the STATE and City (writting tickets where no accident occurred, or was narrowly avoided) is too onerous upon those of you who are engaging in regulable interstate commerce - then by all means propose a change in the laws.
Another WorldView June 16, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Riding on the sidewalk is legal in LA but not SM. It seems stupid, because it is easy enough to do safely. Being reckless and hitting people is against the law, and I'm sorry that you had these incidents. I'm a bicyclist and I've never disrespected a pedestrian or driver (who didn't have it coming to them). I can't speak for everyone, but like drivers, not all bicyclists follow the rules, and occassionally (much more occassionally if you look at the statistics) bad things result.
Another WorldView June 16, 2012 at 08:15 AM
Motor Vehicles are learly in interstate commerce, and are subjecet ot the striict liability requirements of "statutory law". Not all bikes are so subject. Go with the common law standard or whether the bicyclist in question has caused you any loss. Sometimes a bike breezing through a stop sign, might just mean that you have to wait there, just a little bit less.
Grace June 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Society and its deviance of what is correct and what is not sadness me. The officer had no prof if the cyclist blood contain alcohol, so with that being said; how is it that you may say that he did. Society and its deviance of what is correct and what is not sadness me.
Grace June 22, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Society and its deviance of what is correct and what is not sadness me. The officer had no prof if the cyclist blood contain alcohol, so with that being said; how is it that you may say that he did. to community servecie because it was not there falut they had the door open.
Grace June 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
. Where is the validity that he was drunk? Witness say that he was swirling as he paddled. Has any consider that fact that may be he was trying not to get hit by on coming traffic?
Grace June 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
So, what if he was trying to prevent get hiting and as doing so he still got hit by an indviduale who could have take a second to make sure it was clear to open there door. The other thing that it say on the report "the door was open for quite a while". Hmmm..
Grace June 22, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Second, once more race place a role. Regarless of race or enthic group they belong to he is still human and deserve to be heard even if he is dead. Evidance speak the truth unlike politican and crminal system that is abided only to certain indviduales. Trust me he has some one to fight for his case and prove that what that the driver is quilty of mansluter. This indviduale is dead and he has left 3 daughter in this world. Funny we see a white indviduale with a bag no helmt the media say unfoortnately. However if it a hispanciwe we accuse them of been drunk and emphaize on they should have been wearing a helmet.
Grace June 22, 2012 at 07:22 PM
This indviduale is dead and he has left 3 daughter in this world. Funny we see a white indviduale with a bag no helmt the media say unfoortnately. However if it a hispanciwe we accuse them of been drunk and emphaize on they should have been wearing a helmet. How aboutr before you add DRUNK MR. GREENBER DO RESEARCH. Eddie Greenbreg you saden me by what you say " I am greatfull that there was no child, older person or anyone else who might have been killed under these circumstance. " To me it says that no big deal it was an other hispanic who only cared about drinking so its his fault. Sir this person is some one and he is an older person and there are children who have been hurt and killed inside as well. They lost their father and I lost my uncle. Its ok ,I will make sure the truth is heard and told even if there is faluts in both parties but at this moment I only see one person who is not even going to jail or sentence to community servecie because it was not there falut they had the door open. Once more the truth will come out. This man that indviduales may picture as a drunk he was riding his bike everyday so, he may find an job and continue to take care of his childrens something that even "Americans now a day take for grant".,.

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