According to a recent report from CBS Los Angeles, two cyclists were involved in a tragic bike-car accident on State Route 133 that left one dead and one severely injured. The accident took place on Friday, June 28, 2013, near Laguna Canyon Road in the area north of State Route 73.
According to reports of the accident, the cyclist and a companion were traveling in the shoulder on State Route 133 on Friday. The cyclists were approached and struck from the back by a motor vehicle, resulting in the death of one cyclist and serious injuries for his riding partner.
The victim who lost his life in this accident has been identified as former Westminster city manager and police chief James Waller. The 53-year-old retired police chief has been described by friends as a “passionate cyclist” who has ridden extensively for pleasure and in charity events for fallen police officers. The name of Waller’s riding companion has not yet been released, and no update is yet available on his or her condition following the wreck.
Unfortunately, car-bike accidents are not uncommon on Orange County roadways, and many lead to the death of the cyclist involved. In fact, the article from CBS Local noted that, according to at least one source, this accident resulted in the 41st cyclist fatality so far this year on Southern California roadways. While you may not be able to avoid every accident, our Orange County car accident attorneys do urge all drivers and cyclists to be aware on the road and make safety a priority.