It is not only 18-wheel big rigs that can cause havoc on our roadways when improperly operated. A woman in Santa Rosa was killed by the driver of a loaded dump truck, who was unable to avoid colliding with her as she was riding her bicycle.
The accident occurred early Tuesday afternoon when the driver of the vehicle was allegedly unable to see the woman on her bicycle in or near the crosswalk and collided with her in his 10-wheel dump truck. When authorities arrived at the scene of the accident, in the vicinity of the intersection between Highway 12 and Stony Point Road, they pronounced the woman dead. Tragically, she had become pinned under the right rear tires of the dump truck.
Pending notification of the woman’s family, her identity has not been released to the public. It appeared to law enforcement that she was trying to go east across the street when the truck hit her, although the direction she had come from remained unclear. As for the 58-year-old driver of the dump truck, he had waited at the off-ramp for the light to turn green before attempting to turn south, according to witnesses, and then waited as a pedestrian cleared the crosswalk running from east to west. The woman’s death is the third traffic fatality to occur in this high-traffic area within the last six weeks.
In a collision between a truck and a bicycle, the bicyclist is particularly vulnerable. Family members of those killed in truck accidents may wish to speak with an attorney to pursue their rights.