Probably like you right now, I’m distraught, pissed off and reaching for anything to anesthetize the pain. I know nothing more than you do, other than Debra H. Deem was riding her bike in Newport Beach yesterday when she collided with a motor vehicle — today she is dead. She was 58.
If you’re counting, and if you ride a bike you have it permanently etched into your memory, last September’s 2 women fatalities in 2 days plus today’s loss adds up to three women cyclists dead in one year — three times too many.
I learned that she was the wife of former Olympic cycling competitor and owner of Costa Mesa’s Cycle Werx, Paul Deem.