I was out of town Sunday when this California Highway Patrol dispatch of a “bicyclist vs white Ford Mustang” on San Tomas Expressway north of Winchester Boulevard was reported at 4:12 PM.
The driver of the 1997 Mustang was allegedly drunk and driving way too fast when he swerved into the shoulder, hitting the as-yet unidentified cyclist on a Cannondale bicycle. Nearby residents who live behind the sound wall on northbound San Tomas were apparently among the first on the scene; they covered his remains until paramedics arrived.
The driver had crashed his car into the center divide, where police arrested 19-year-old Damian Joseph Sandoval-Pacheco of Campbell.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the unnamed 32-year-old rider on the Cannondale. I urge the Santa Clara County Prosecutor to check the the Close Call Database for previous reports of a white, late 90s Mustang. I frequently ride San Tomas and I seem to recall reports of a similar car in the area.
Kudos to local news, none of which report this reckless driving fatality as an “accident”:
- Merc News: Campbell: Bicyclist killed, driver arrested.
- Patch.com: Suspected DUI Arrest Made In Fatal Campbell Crash.
- Patch.com San Tomas Expressway Death: “I Prayed For The Dying Man For Quite Some Time.”.
- KRON4: Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after bicyclist killed in crash in Campbell
H/T to Ilya for the news links. As far as I’m aware, this is the first cyclist fatality and the second bicycle collision reported to authorities on San Tomas Expressway.