Unbelievable in Newport – updated

Update 9/17/12:An accomplished medical professional and distance cyclist was lost at the hand of a hit and run driver Saturday morning 9/15/12. “Kit” completed 12 double centuries with the Grand Tour apparently being her favorite. She completed 5 doubles in one year earning a spot in the 1,000 mile club of the California Triple Crown in addition to her other duties and responsibilities in becoming  a medical practitioner at Newport Family Medicine in Newport Beach.

RIP Dr. Catherine Campion-Ritz

RIP Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion-Ritz

 

Police are still on the look out for a black full-sized pickup truck, possibly a 2001-2004 Toyota Tacoma, with significant damage to the right front area of the vehicle.

 

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver of the vehicle. If anyone has any information regarding this collision, please contact Traffic Investigator Eric Little at (949) 644-3746.

(suspect now charged by OC DA and truck is in custody – 9/19/12)

 

 

Update 9/17/12: The collision scene lies between the gated Ocean Ridge Dr. and Vista Ridge heading inland on Newport Coast. There was plenty of fresh paint on the sidewalk and roadway indicating a catastrophic collision scene. As of 12:30 yesterday there were no flowers, balloons, or other markers to indicate another life lost at the hands of a motorist. Some cyclists and even a runner went through the area unaware of what had transpired just over 24 hours earlier.

9-16-12 Collision Scene looking forward

9-16-12 Collision Scene looking forward

9-16-12 Collision Scene looking back

9-16-12 Collision Scene looking back

Runner on NP Coast

Runner on NP Coast

Was she trying to avoid a runner? Probably not, but runners in bikelanes are an obstacle and a continued source of stress when not only is there a nice shady sidewalk for pedestrians next to the roadway, but when they are coming at you and hugging the curb forcing riders into traffic.

9/15/12: While enroute to Bayside for Sarah Leaf, our cycling family lost another member to a hit and run.

RIP Catherine Ritz

RIP Catherine Ritz

The suspect vehicle is described as a black full-sized pickup truck, possibly 2001-2004 Toyota Tacoma, with significant damage to the right front area of the vehicle.

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver of the vehicle. If anyone has any information regarding this collision, please contact Traffic Investigator Eric Little at (949) 644-3746 or email at elittle@nbpd.org.

Cyclist Killed, Pedestrian Injured in Newport Beach

Update 9/17/12: We’ve learned that Sarah ran her successful business from Shape-Up Fitness Center located at 2101 E. Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625.

RIP Sarah Leaf

RIP Sarah Leaf

Sarah in the OC Register

Sarah in the OC Register 2010

If you’re in the area…

Late Update 9/16/12:

There are angels…Looking at the forlorn cup with the single flower and the sagging bouquet nestled in the shrubs, I felt there must be more – and a man appeared from nowhere with 3 balloons and asked if I knew her. We tied the balloons onto a sturdy branch next to the bouquet and he was gone. Deep in thought again I heard a car behind me stop and a strong male voice shouted out,”God bless your friend bro!” and he was gone. And so is she, and I am left wondering why.

 Memorial Flower  More Flowers  Balloons Added by an Angel

Coroner Report

Update 9/15/12: According to Sgt. Mark Hamilton, “The identity of the victim is still unknown at this time. Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is urged to call the Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division at 949-644-3742″. If anyone is missing a loved one that was riding a blue bike with white tape and saddle in the Newport area, and they haven’t returned home yet,  please contact the NPBPD.

Update: 16 cycle collisions since 2002 occurred, but this poor rider has the distinction of being the first fatality at this intersection. Fault for the other collisions were 8 for the cyclists, 6 for the motorists, and 2 that were “unknown”. Although there is a sliver of a bike lane in the right hand portion as you come off the bridge, it would be pure conjecture on our part as to what may have happened. The pictures from the accident scene are at the OC Register here.

Update: added map of the location, as we await full statement from Sgt. Mark Hamilton of the NPBPD. Although what is known is that both parties were eastbound and the truck was making a right turn onto Bayside, the police are still taking witness statements and investigating the cause of the collision. The driver of the truck (as yet un-named) remained at the scene.

Breaking – Details are still sketchy but what we do know as we learn from this quick article in the Corona del Mar Today:

A truck struck and killed a bicyclist about 10:35 a.m. today at Bayside Drive and East Coast Highway, a fire official confirmed.

Cyclist Killed 9-14-12

Cyclist Killed 9-14-12

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was in her 20s or 30s, said Newport Beach Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles. She was riding eastbound on Coast Highway when a stake bed truck hit and ran over her, he said.

Prayers for the family and friends of the rider…RIP

Update: From Sgt. Mark Hamilton, “at about 0719 a.m., a 40-year-old female driver turning right onto PCH from N/B Jamboree Road collided with a 75-year-old male pedestrian near the S/E corner of that intersection. The female driver remained at the scene. The pedestrian was transported to Mission Hospital with moderate injuries. Traffic Investigators are currently conducting an investigation as to the cause of the collision. Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is urged to call the Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division at 949-644-3742. ”

A few hours earlier, a car struck a pedestrian at East Coast Highway and Jamboree Road. The victim was in a crosswalk when struck, Boyles said. The victim was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.

Best healing wishes to the survivor.

Updates will be provided as we receive them.