A 40 year old Santa Cruz resident was killed after he was hit in a head on collision with a Tesla Model S on Saturday morning. The man was cycling with a small group on Highway 1 west of Santa Cruz, California.
The driver of the Tesla was driving southbound on Highway 1 near Dimeo Lane when he crossed the centerline and into the northbound shoulder, where he collided with the cyclist at high speed.
Highway 1 was briefly closed for investigation, and the Tesla electric car was towed away as evidence.
According to this news report from KSBW, the 60 year old driver of the Tesla was on his phone when he swerved into oncoming traffic. He swerved up the dirt embankment on the wrong side of the highway, then steered back to the northbound shoulder where he collided with the man on the bike, who was thrown up and over the hood and through the windshield on the passenger side of the car.
This is the second cyclist fatality in Santa Cruz County for 2013 and the first on Highway 1 since Joshua Laven was killed near Davenport, CA on May 5, 2012. The craven oxygen thief who cowardly left Laven to die on the side of the highway has never been identified.
Both Highway 1 of these recent cycling fatalities were roadway departure fatalities. In early 2012, Caltrans identified roadway departure accidents as a particular hazard on Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and the San Mateo County Line. The Santa Cruz Cycling Club registered their strong opposition to rumble strips of any kind, including centerline rumble strips and edgeline rumble strips modified to reduce the hazard and inconvenience to cyclists that have historically been associated with more traditional rumble strips.