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Cyclist Critically Injured After Clipping Opened Vehicle Door in Brentwood

The accident occurs on the 600 block of Barrington Avenue.

The following information was provided by Brentwood Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray regarding an incident that occurred Tuesday evening:

Unfortunately, an accident occurred last night on the 600 block of Barrington involving a cyclist and a vehicle.  My partner and I were the first responders at scene.  The severity of the accident moves me to encourage all cyclists to PLEASE wear helmets-- even for short trips.  The cyclist is in critical condition and sadly, it doesn’t look good for him. 

A man sitting in his parked vehicle opened his door just as the cyclist passed and the cyclist clipped the door sending him head first onto the pavement.  Does everyone know that it is the driver’s responsibility to look behind them before opening their door?  The driver was incredibly shaken and upset and did not realize, until the traffic officers gently explained to him, that he was the party likely at fault. 

As our community continues to increasingly utilize cycling as a mode of transportation, please be ever aware of cyclists maneuvering throughout the traffic.  And cyclists please wear your helmets and follow the rules of the road—all the rules of the road—for your own safety and protection.

Kim Miller December 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM
No bikes on the street , keep them on sidewalks and park bike paths
Robin December 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Regarding scooters comment on how do I know the injury would've been less severe if the cyclist have been wearing a helmet. I am going based on the article which said that the cyclist hit the pavement headfirst and on officers suggestion that a helmet would've helped in the situation. The point of my posting was not to discuss who was to blame in this particular accident it was merely to suggest that both cyclists and motorists should be careful so that all of us can go home safely to our loved ones at the end of the day it was not to cast blame on one or the other party.
Yami December 24, 2013 at 02:49 PM
At least the 4 Missing Mountain bikers [cyclists'] Found After Night In San Gabriel Mountains, WORE HELMETS !!! ...and its on dirt I've seen crazy @ss teenagers, riding fast, like maniacs, through the streets, on hard pavement, with no protected helmet on
Susann December 27, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Unfortunately, the man died. He worked at Bellwood Bakery in the area. The bakery has a donation box to raise money to send his body to Mexico for burial. He leaves behind his wife and children.
Edward Truthmind December 27, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Tragic that this happened, but with Santa Monica & Brentwood traffic officials increasingly giving rights to cyclists ..... intently allowing cyclists to literally ride in the middle of the road in between cars (26th St.) - there will unfortunately be more serious accidents -->DUE TO RECKLESS CYCLISTS mostly. I ROUTINELY see cyclists every hour of every day .... ignoring traffic LAWS .... never stopping at stop signs & GOING TOO FAST in between parked cars and moving cars. If a parked motorist looks out his rear view side mirror for a cyclist --> 1. It is difficult to see a cyclist because they often wear dark clothes & have no lights or reflectors to warn motorists. 2. The cyclist may not even be there when motorist looks out the side mirror - until they come speeding around a corner or driveway in a split second! So, WHY is that the motorists fault? The city seems to have a BIAS against motorists (green city against cars?) as though the cyclist can do no wrong. I've never seen a police officer stop & ticked a cyclist for going through a stop sign in this city. The current traffic laws are UNFAIR and biased against motorists. It was bad enough already with reckless, speeding motor-cyclists - now we have to deal with mindless bicyclists.

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