A 39-year-old Camarillo bicyclist was hit by a sport utility vehicle while riding on Lewis Road in Camarillo Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.
Mario Tamayo was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he later passed away from his injuries. Authorities say Tamayo, who was wearing dark clothing, did not have lights on his bicycle and was not wearing a helmet while riding on a busy street after dark. Because of these factors, the driver, Michael Brigmac, did not see Tamayo until he collided with him. From the article, it is unclear as to whether there are bicycle lanes on the road where Tamayo was riding.
This incident highlights the importance of bicycle safety, especially in the winter months when the sun sets early at around 5:30 pm. If you routinely use a bicycle as a means of transportation, please take precaution and where a helmet wherever you are riding. Additionally, if you must ride at night, please purchase a bike light to protect yourself and alert drivers on the road.
If you have been injured while biking and believe a driver may be at fault, please contact skilled bicycle accident attorneys immediately for a free consultation to assess your situation and legal options.