Morning View Drive

A possible case of road rage turned physical in a PCH incident on Saturday, resulting in the airlift transportation of a 57-year-old male cyclist under serious conditions to UCLA Medical Center on Saturday around 3 p.m.

A truck driver allegedly pushed a bicyclist into the No. 1 lane of traffic as he rode westbound on PCH between Busch and Morning View drives after arguing about the use of the highway shoulder. The driver was arrested for felony assault. 

“There was a verbal confrontation with a bicyclist and a driver of a truck about the use of the shoulder lane on PCH,” Lt. Jim Royal said.

What started as a dispute between a 57-year-old male cyclist and a 47-year-old male driver of a parked truck escalated when the driver of the truck drove west on PCH, parked, exited his truck, and waited for the approaching cyclist.

As the cyclist rode along PCH in the No. 2 lane, the waiting driver approached the cyclist and allegedly pushed him to the ground of the No. 1 lane on PCH.

The cyclist was not wearing a helmet.

Witnesses at the scene of the accident reported seeing the cyclist in bad condition. As they called for help, a Good Samaritan and first responder comforted the cyclist with prayer and shade.

“There was so much blood,” Titania Lindfors said. 

Lindfors reported many citizens stopped their vehicles to offer the cyclist help as they waited for emergency services to arrive.

“It was just instinct to help him,” Lindfors said. “I just sat over him and prayed.”

As the citizens waited with the cyclist, Lindfors said the driver of the vehicle waited too.

“The cyclist was airlifted to UCLA Medical via helicopter with serious injuries, lacerations,” Royal said. 

The victim and suspect identities were not released as of press and the victim’s current condition is unknown. 

(31) comments

Sharon Smith

This story is such a tragedy on both sides. I am a friend of the man who was convicted of shoving the bicyclist. On that day my friend was helping out other friends to get their motorcycle that broke down on a trailer. The bicyclist came by and hit my friend first and told him to get the F*** out of the way. The bicyclist had plenty of room to go around the trailer. I am not condoning the behavior of my friend whatsoever by pushing him causing him to fall and hurt his head, BUT lets tell the truth about that day. The bicyclist was DRUNK! He had a .32 blood alcohol level in his system, vodka in his water bottle and wearing NO helmet on PCH. The gentleman who pushed him laid cones out on the road, helped him with trying to stop the bleeding from his head and called 911. He was simply defending himself from being slapped on the ass and cussed at for no simple reason. The gentleman riding the bike already had a traumatic brain injury from many years prior, he did not die as a direct result of this incident. He needed help and unfortunately that was not something he did for himself. I hate to see people put blame on this situation and point the finger at just one person. They both are responsible for their actions. God Bless to all families and friends that have had to endure the loss of a loved one in this unfortunate, avoidable situation.

JustBen

My friend was the victim in this incident. For the past year he's been dealing with a traumatic brain injury. He died last Week on March 23rd 2015 as a direct result of this incident. The fact that some people justify killing someone over being inconvenienced by them riding a bicycle is sickening.

Sam Levinson

SPLIT KOOKS!

Sam Levinson

@billdsd - don't think you read my post. in particular, "regardless of the law." Obviously, they cannot get cited for the hazard they cause of riding in the slow line. REGARDLESS of that law, they do not have a right to endanger the rest of us. This is why the movement of honking at bicyclists no matter what when you pass them on PCH is growing. It is incumbent upon ALL OF US to make bicyclists as uncomfortable as possible on PCH and to make them realize that they are not welcome in our town.

oh, and re: "There is no evidence that wearing helmets makes a big difference in bike safety." ROFLMFAO

Again, HONK AT BICYCLISTS

GET OUT OF HERE, KOOKS!

billdsd

@stevewoodzy: You claim common sense but you have none. Vehicular cycling works. It's been working for decades for those that have bothered to learn it and consistently apply the principles that it teaches. Your ignorance prevents you from understanding this, but it does not prevent it from working for people who do understand it.

How about you just change lanes on PCH? Why is that so difficult for you?

billdsd

@Jon Right: Bicyclists have had the right to travel on the road since before cars were invented. When did we lobby Sacramento to get rights to the road? 1865?

All that has ever been done is to erode our rights away, because self entitled territorial children like you can't handle moving into the left lane to pass.

billdsd

@Jon Right: Bicyclists have always had the right to travel on the road. It's not an invasion. The problem is your delusion that you are entitled to not deal with bicycles on the road.

Your use of the road is no more important than theirs, no matter how many childish excuses you make.

billdsd

@tellem: "Since bicyclists want us to share the road, they must share the responsibility. For me that means:
Wearing a helmet, so we don't have to pay for your carelessness when you fall off or are pushed, hit your head and land in ER. Seeing moms and dads riding without helmets while their helmeted tots sit on the back is ludicrous."

There is no evidence that wearing helmets makes a big difference in bike safety. Of course, people like you, who've never studied bicycle safety at all, always think that they are the most important thing. They aren't. They also have nothing to do with sharing the road.

"Being properly licensed by the state - i.e., bike license plates so we can report you just like you can report us for running red lights, not stopping at stop signs (stupid arrogant woman ran one yesterday at Busch and Harvester and I almost hit her), riding two or more abreast,, etc. This will also add monies by cyclists for road repair."

When was the last time yo reported a motorist for not stopping at a stop sign? You're just making childish excuses to punish bicyclists. Plates will be too small to read and they've never provided any real benefit when tried in the past.

"You can argue all you want about the right to ride on PCH, but there are no bikes lanes so safety is an issue for all of us on bike or in cars."

Not really. There is always some slow traffic on PCH even without bicycles on the road. People slow to turn at driveways and intersections or for parking spaces. There are red lights. You can deal with all of that but not bicycles? Really? Again, you're just making childish excuses. Move into the left lane to pass like those of us who actually know how to drive.

billdsd

@zumasam90265: You say: "Regardless of the law, they enjoy no such entitlement"

Regarding the law, CVC 21200(a), says that bicyclists have as much right to use the road as the drivers of vehicles. Since the right lane on PCH is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to travel safely side by side within the lane, CVC 21202(a)(3) says that they don't have to ride far right, which means that they have the right to use the full slow lane on PCH.

You don't get to disregard the law.

CVC 27001(b) prohibits you from using your horn for any purpose other than to ensure safe operation. You are breaking the law when you harass bicyclists with your horn and you are encouraging others to break the law just like you do.

Maybe you should try growing up and accepting that the law is not on your side, that passing in the left lane is not such a terrible hardship and that the road is not your exclusive territory. You're childishly protecting your imaginary territory like a gangland thug.

billdsd

Intentional assault is not an accident.

Sam Levinson

this is one of the reasons i never pass a bicycle without laying on the horn and yelling "KOOK!" out my window. The vast majority of PCH bicyclists are arrogant pricks who actually believe they are entitled to occupy the slow lane. Regardless of the law, they enjoy no such entitlement. Their arrogance is simply a danger to themselves and more importantly to vehicles on the road. Ask any Malibu Sheriff deputy, firefighter, or lifeguard how many accidents are caused by a sudden lane change of someone avoiding a bicycle.

I really encourage everyone to honk, yell, etc. every time you pass a bicycle on PCH. These people must know that Malibu is united against them and we must make riding on PCH as unpleasant as possible. Most of my friends have begun doing this and most of my son's friends from the high school. The movement is spreading and I encourage everyone to jump on.

HONK AT BICYCLISTS

For once, I agree with Steve. I agree verbatim on both his posts.

Susan Tellem

Since bicyclists want us to share the road, they must share the responsibility. For me that means:
Wearing a helmet, so we don't have to pay for your carelessness when you fall off or are pushed, hit your head and land in ER. Seeing moms and dads riding without helmets while their helmeted tots sit on the back is ludicrous.
Being properly licensed by the state - i.e., bike license plates so we can report you just like you can report us for running red lights, not stopping at stop signs (stupid arrogant woman ran one yesterday at Busch and Harvester and I almost hit her), riding two or more abreast,, etc. This will also add monies by cyclists for road repair.
You can argue all you want about the right to ride on PCH, but there are no bikes lanes so safety is an issue for all of us on bike or in cars.

Jon Right

Hans, you are misguided as to the relative safety of transportation modes. In any case, PCH is just another limited public resource. Eventually, its' use will be rationed like other public venues. Freeways have restricted car pool lanes, state parks limit admittance when they are full. So, since PCH is essential to everyone who lives here and it is only an entertainment arena for the bikers, it is clear who should have priority. It is not a question of law, but what is safe and practicable.

We have had tragedies' and now we have road rage, it will probably take a lawsuit before something is eventually done to curb the abuse. Unfortunately, the legislators have exacerbated the problem by giving the bikers a sense of entitlement.

Isn't it odd that last week we were worried about the traffic that Whole Foods would generate, but this week we are defending the traffic problems created by the invasion of the bicycle gangs?

Steve Woods

Hans , a brief delay too commuters is acceptable , but the peril it puts bikers and drivers is not .
PS ,The main conduit that runs through Malibu is not called Pacific Coast 'Street", it is called Pacific Coast Hiway .Typical vehicle Speed limits exceed 50 mph . Would you suggest your off spring sport spandex as protection against carnivorous 4 wheeled metal monsters in the slow lane of PCH ?
Didn't think so .

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Hans Laetz

"Why PCH commuters and tourist in Malibu on a busy summer weekend have to be subjected to large groups of 20 -40 riding 3- 6 abreast in the slow lane makes no common logical sense other than a myopic selfishness and elitist arrogance ? "

It's their street too. And are you "subjected to" something all that godawful??? Really? Is that such a burden to bear, such an insult? Did they delay you, what, 20 seconds? 30?? Just who is the myopic, selfish, elite arrogant person?

Jon, if you want to lecture me about relative risk of death, then I assume you favor closing the local airport to general aviation.

Steve Woods

My friend Hans says , "Ol' buddy, are you really saying "PCH is a freeway" ???"
No Hans , you incorrectly quoted me . I said ,"PCH is a HWY with speeds not much different than a freeway"
Yes , Pacific Coast "HIWAY " is a state legislature-mandated "Pacific Coast Bike Route." . I Love the fact that road bikes can tour from the Canadian Border to the Mexican border . I wholeheartedly support green energy transportation biking as a means of recreation , transportation and a way of commuting but bikers have to be smart , respectful and conform to the differing variables throughout the state . The average road bike speed is between 11 and 12 mph and is not compatible in a 50 mph traffic lane . Bikers climbing steep inclines can barely reach speeds of 10 mph while vehicles are flying by at 45 - 55 mph .
The fact that Zuma just expanded a south bound bike lane is beyond fabulous, but it will be nearly impossible to put a safe bike lane in throughout all of Malibu .The large Weekend Warrior biker groups need to be smart and ride single file in places that are more dangerous. Why PCH commuters and tourist in Malibu on a busy summer weekend have to be subjected to large groups of 20 -40 riding 3- 6 abreast in the slow lane makes no common logical sense other than a myopic selfishness and elitist arrogance ? These ever increasing groups could be courteous and ride single file to alleviate risks for everyone but for some reason commuters have to succumb to being subjected to some drafting training mission for a Tour de France pipe dream.


Jon Right

You have to hand it to the cyclists, they lobbied Sacramento to get laws making their hobby equivalent to other vehicle code. No doubt it was sold on the notion that cycling will reduce air pollution, improve public health and take cars off the road while people happly travel to work on their bikes, all very utopian and green. The reality, it has encourage large cycle clubs to invade the community to engage in very dangerous and sometimes obnoxious behavior. The irony of this is the road tax on fuel we pay for their entertainment.

In the last few year there has been three cyclist killed on PCH. As a percentage of total vehicle fatalities during this time period, it is an astounding number. This is an increasing problem with the popularity of cycling by the cute spandex crowd. At some point, it will be obviously necessary to separate cyclists from SUVs, but how many more tragedies will occur before we recognize that the real victims of this short sightedness are the unfortunate drivers involved in these "accidents."

"Death" is a big deal Hans

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Hans Laetz

Motorists at slow speeds on PCH cannot -- repeat can not -- be successfully cited. You are quoting an archaic section of the CVC that has to do with mountainous roads. It is perfectly legal to travel slowly on PCH, which is legally a street, not a limited-access highway, despite what the county supes named it in 1946.

It's even legal to BACK UP on our main street - to parallel park, for example.

Rear end collisions per se happen because the person behind was traveling at an unsafe speed.

Ol' buddy, are you really saying "PCH is a freeway" ???

That's not a surrender that our community is willing to take. And the law says PCH is a state legislature-mandated "Pacific Coast Bike Route."

You may as well say the lagoon is a storm drain, and the commercial builders can build malls.

I don't get your strange hostility to bikes. They're here, they're legal, what's the big deal?


Steve Woods

There is a reason why road bikes are illegal to ride on the Freeway . There is a reason that Bike Lanes are developed . PCH is a HWY with speeds not much different than a freeway .Bike Lanes are safer than ridng in Traffic .
Motorist who travel at low speeds and impede the Flow of traffic can be cited . Motorist that travel at slow speeds and are impeding the flow traffic must pull over if they are preventing 5 or more cars from going at the legal speed .
So why are Bikes exempt from impeding the flow of traffic ?
I have never seen motorist shoving bikes to the side of the traffic lane but I have seen rear end accidents from slow lane cars laying on the brakes due to slow bike traffic impeding the flow of traffic and bunched up cars in the slow lane frantically dodging a possible rear end collision only to create a dangerous situation of erratically turning cars into a busy fast lane of traffic .
Large groups of bikes should be required to have a pace car follow groups who insist on slowing down the flow of the traffic lane with bright flashing warning lights.
Until Bike lanes are developed all along PCH or pace cars are implemented to insure the safety to bikers and commuters , single file bikers will continue to get my respect with a
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mari stanley

Whoops, I swallowed that lie of helmet laws from multiple parental units! It's good to know that people will stretch the truth to model good behavior though, I'd likely do the same in their position.
So it's not a law to wear a helmet if you're over 18 yrs of age, but it's a very, very good idea to protect yourself by wearing one and especially if you desire to ride in close proximity to fast paced vehicular traffic such as we experience on PCH.
Hope he is okay, a stretch of asphalt isn't worth losing your marbles over.
Thanks for the clarification Hans, I'll keep my helmet on though.

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Hans Laetz

You giuys are entitled to your opinion, but the facts are not in doubt.

(1) PCH is not "the most-dangerous highway in the state." In fact, the LA County Sheriff traffic study of 2012 says both the per-mile accident rate and fatality rate are below average for LA County. Saying "bikes don't belong on PCH because of the extra risk out there" is just plain based on an untrue assumption.

(2) Adults are not required to wear helmets riding bikes, kids are.

(3) Honking at bicyclists is a violation of the CVC -- "friendly" intent or not.

And no, you do not have the right to shove them to the side in a traffic lane, whether they are single file or 3 abroad. The law now says three feet, and the law does not ban riding two-plus abreast, in a lane.

There are no statistics to prove it, but I would wager that given the huge bike traffic on PCH, it is very likely that PCH has one of the better bike-safety records around.

Of course, there is always room for improvement. The new bike lanes west of Zuma will be an improvement. It is better to segregate the bikes and cars. But until the entire Pacific Coast Bike Route is a separate lane, we gotta share.

Steve Woods

Billdsd ,, Yes, there is the law written on paper and road bikers use it all the time to justify behavior that defies common sense . Common sense says it is not safe to ride a slow moving two wheeled bike in the slow lane with 2,000 pounds of steel traveling at 50 mph with distracted out of town tourist who might not react in time to a slow moving biker in busy weekend traffic .
The law says it is your right to play Russian Roulette .
God Bless you and all the risk takers who refuse to ride single file.

mari stanley

Bicyclist was not wearing a helmet, I'd say he was not overly concerned with his own safety from the get go by eliminating that safety feature for himself. It's the law, just as much as the laws stated by others in this thread. Two fools collided, glad they managed to keep it btwn the two of them and didn't harm others in what I conclude sounds like chest thumping and insane territorial challenges.

MrMalibu

The stretch of PCH from the tunnel in S.M. to county line is the most dangerous road in the entire state of CA. Normal traffic is flying by at about 55mph. For a person to willfully ride a bicycle with sometimes less than one foot of space between him/her and the car travleing at that speed is the highest form of arrogance and disregard for human life. All any driver has to do is be distracted for one split second and the bicyclist is dead. I can't believe there haven't been more bike deaths as it is.

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Hans Laetz

Wow, somebody's potential 5 seconds of delay to slow down and go around another human being is that important??? Such an affront to efficiency!

Lois Lyons

I agree with billsdad. I wonder how Stevewoodzy can be so sure that the cyclists would know that his "half little beep honk", which was probably more like a long, loud blast, was meant as a warning of faster moving traffic approaching and not stevewoodzy just being a dangerous jerk?

billdsd

@Paul Grisanti: You really could not possibly be more wrong.

Bicyclists who use the full travel lane are the safest bicyclists on the road. It's called vehicular cycling and it's the gold standard of bicycle safety.

Your ignorance is showing.

billdsd

@stevewooodzy: First off, there is no such thing as a friendly honk.

Second, this is California, and California law NEVER requires bicyclists to ride on the shoulder ever. You would know this if you knew the rules of the road, but clearly, you don't.

Third, California law, CVC 21200(a) says that bicyclists have as much right to use the road as you do. Get over it.

Fourth, California law does prohibit bicyclists from riding side by side.

Fifth, it's the SLOW lane. It's for SLOW traffic, including bicycles. Is there something wrong with the fast lane? Why do you feel entitled to not move into the fast lane to pass bicycles?

Sixth, why are you so arrogant, self entitled and incompetent as a driver that you can't handle moving over to pass a bicycle? It's the easiest thing to do in driving.

Paul Grisanti

I rode the highway for years without incident. A cyclist who doesn't stay to the right of the fog line has no regard for his personal safety.

Steve Woods

I got flipped off today off by 3 bike riders who were riding 3 abreast near Paradise Cove after giving them a friendly half little beep honk to let the know that faster moving traffic was behind them . Two of the 3 were completely in the slow lane riding at dangerously slow speeds with plenty of room to the right of the fog line to be 3 abreast or riding single file . It was apparent that they arrogantly , purposely and stupidly challenged the laws of physics as if the Laws of the California traffic Laws would prevail over reality .

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