Car hits and critically injures Alhambra cyclist *Updated

*Updated 10/16/2012

An Alhambra man who was hit by a car and critically injured on Saturday while riding his bike on Palm Avenue was identified as Taihue Quach. He remains in critical condition and is suffering from a head wound, Alhambra Police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. The driver spoke to police but the cause of the accident is still under investigation. 

*Originally reported 10/15/2012

An Alhambra bicyclist was hospitalized Saturday after being struck by a car at Palm Avenue and Main Street, Pasadena Star-News reports. The 44-year-old man was in critical condition following the collision.

According to the preliminary investigation, the bicyclist was riding northbound in southbound traffic on Palm Avenue, Lt. Jennifer Wiese told the Star-News. The car, a Mercedes-Benz driven by a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident, made a left turn from Raymond Avenue onto Main Street. Alcohol or drugs were not initially suspected to be involved and the cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to the Star-News.

The City of Alhambra is considering a master bike plan being developed by Alta Planning and Design. Alta is currently drafting the plan based on public input collected in August through a resident outreach program, Administrative Analyst Chris Paulson said. The draft will be completed by the end of October and presented to Alhambra's Transportation Commission on November 14 at 7:00pm at the City Hall Conference Room, 2nd Floor. 

6 thoughts on “Car hits and critically injures Alhambra cyclist *Updated”

  1. Based on the map of the intersection, the cyclist, though riding against the flow of traffic, may not be entirely at fault.

    At this intersection, the traffic lights control:
    1) North/South Raymond
    2) West/East Main
    3) North Palm.

    If the cyclist was crossing Main (going northbound) on the southbound side of Palm, that means North/South Raymond had the green light. From the map, once can see southbound Raymond has three lanes:
    1) Left on to eastbound Main (to city hall)
    2) Straight to southbound Raymond (to Alhambra Hospital)
    3) Right on to westbound Main or slight right to southbound Palm (to Target and Costco).

    Northbound Raymond also has three lanes:
    1) Left on to westbound Main
    2) Straight on to northbound Raymond
    3) Right on to eastbound Main (to city hall).

    For the driver making a left turn from northbound Raymond to westbound Main, he needs to be aware that pedestrians can cross Main from southbound side of Raymond (map shows Chase Bank on north, Target parking lot on south)–the crosswalk clearly shows that. Assuming the driver wasn’t running a red, pedestrians, as well as the cyclist, can be expected cross Main. This time it was a cyclist who got hit, but it could easily have been a pedestrian.

    1. I did not realize that it was THAT intersection where the accident occurred. I crossed that intersection last month as a pedestrian on a green and some car made a left turn into westbound Main in a way that was quite threatening – as if it had the right of way. I even stood at the curbside for a few minutes afterwards to see whether it would be possible that both the pedestrians and the cars have a green light at the same time. I think traffic engineers and police need to take a close look there.

  2. As one who jogs AND drives around this town, I can attest to the myriad of mistakes made by both drivers and those who ride bikes and who are pedestrians.

    1. The number one issue I see with drivers is that they drive too fast. Speed does in fact kill. If everyone in this town would just drive the speed limit or less, we would cut down on incidents dramatically.

    2. Those on bikes and pedestrians need to get their heads out of the clouds and be extra vigilant. Follow all traffic signal rules and don’t assume anything. When I get ready to cross a street, I make sure all the cars are indeed making a stop. When your on a bike, I advise you to WALK it across any major street intersection. Remember this – you will always lose in a confrontation with a car. If an incident occurs, all other parties will eventually move on with their lives, but you might be dead or in a wheel chair for the rest of yours.

    3. Police: Please do your job and enforce the laws we have in this town. Write tickets for speeding and tickets for those on bikes or walking who don’t obey the pedestrian laws.

  3. And I should mention that that king of the road did not wear a helmet either.

  4. Many cyclists are putting themselves and others in harm’s way by riding in the wrong direction, on the sidewalk, speeding, not wearing reflective devices and clothing, or not even having lights on their bikes. Police should crack down. The other day when I was trying to make a right turn onto Valley, a Latino on his bike coming from nowhere, moving at about 30 mph, on the sidewalk, in the opposite direction of traffic, crossing right in front of my car, acting like he was the king of the road. I was barely able to hit the brake.

  5. My thoughts go out to the bicyclist and his family. Sadly, it sounds like the bicyclist deserves some of the blame by riding the wrong way.

    The bike plan needs to include a section about how to best perform outreach and communicate the rules of the road to bicyclists – as well as to car drivers – so we stop bad behavior by both groups.

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