Cyclist killed in Menlo Park

64 year old Richard Buckley of Redwood City was killed while crossing Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park, California on Wednesday.

He was crossing at the protected intersection at Chilco Street when the unidentified driver of a Lincoln Town Car ran into him.

According to the Mercury News, police are still investigating this fatal collision.

In the other two fatalities near this location on Bayfront, a driver ran a red light to kill his victim. I worked off of this expressway until just a couple of months ago, and even when I had the green light to cross, I always looked left and right because red light running is routine. After the 2007 death of Pulitzer Prize winner David Halberstam, the city of Menlo Park installed red light cameras — I see the camera flashes trigger Every Single Time I was at this intersection.

The naysayers claim the lights themselves are unsafe because they’re improperly timed, but that’s only because the large number of speeding maniacs who drive like they’re on a 65 MPH limited access freeway, instead of the expressway with intersections that they’re actually using. The speed limit approaching Chilco on Bayfront is 50 MPH, and the four lane road is wide, flat, and straight with excellent sight lines.

4 Comments

  • August 25, 2011 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Very sad. Whenever I am in the area, I drive very carefully because there are so many pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    This is a sad story. The victim is reportedly a businessman who worked nearby and was getting some exercise during his lunch hour.

    Hard to believe he would run a red light at that intersection, so where did the car come from? I hope that the police release more details to help us make that intersection safer.

  • Kashana247ca
    August 31, 2011 - 2:54 am | Permalink

    I witnessed this horrific accident. From when Mr. Buckley pressed the button to cross, to when he was hit. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Anonymous
    August 31, 2011 - 3:04 am | Permalink

    Did the victim have a green light when he started crossing? Have you given a statement to the police?

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