That cyclist fatality on SKyline Boulevard in the hills of San Mateo County yesterday afternoon was reportedly Joy Covey, former Amazon CFO and treasurer for the Natural Resources Defense Council. I’ve met her (very briefly), and her family and her extended circle of friends and colleagues have my most sincere condolences.
The initial reports were scant on details, but from the location every local cyclist knew immediately that Covey was almost certainly a victim of the infamous “left cross.”
Covey was riding her usual northbound loop. Subsequent media reports indeed tell us the 22 year old driver of an OnTrac delivery van turned left directly across covey’s path onto Elk Tree Road from soutbound Skyline. This view from Google Streetview shows the location of the crash.
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The speed limit on this part of Skyline Boulevard is 45 MPH, yet ABC reporter Vic Lee quotes a nearby resident who blames the victim for riding “too fast.” A recent Strava track for Covey shows her riding at 36 MPH, or 9 MPH below the speed limit, past Elk Tree Drive on September 9.