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I made this list in November of 2013, after the death of Paul Lin, when a neighbor asked how many other cyclists had been killed in Newport Beach. When I went to answer, I was saddened that the community doesn’t know who these people were and I’m sure it’s not for lack of caring – it’s just too many to believe.

Not that any single one of these deaths shouldn’t have shocked the conscience of our town.

The following is a list of cyclist fatalities following collisions with automobiles in the City of Newport Beach, California since 2005. The list is not exhaustive. We are aware there were others during the same period and in the past. If you are aware of others, please let us know in comments. We will add them to the list.

It is important to remember these cyclists…

(last updated August 11, 2016)

You may click through each link for further details:

Brock McCann, hit and killed by a trash truck while riding his bike home from Newport Heights Elementary School, May 25, 2016.

Jonathan Wilson, crashed bicycle into parked car on Bayside Drive, August 2, 2015.

Shaun Eagleson, struck by car on East Coast Highway (PCH) just east of Los Trancos, October 19, 2014

Paul Lin, Irvine, struck by car at San Joaquin Hills Rd and Marguerite Avenue. November 6, 2013

Debra Deem, struck by car at Pacific Coast Hwy and Newport Coast Drive. August 27, 2013 (died August 28)

Dr. Catherine “Kit” Campion-Ritz, struck by car in bike lane of Newport Coast Drive. September 15, 2012

Sarah Leaf, collided with truck at Pacific Coast Highway and Bayside Drive. September 14, 2012

Amine Britel, struck by car in bike lane of San Joaquin Hills Rd. February 21, 2011

Daniel Crain, struck by car on Newport Coast Drive at Hwy 73 offramp. August 3, 2010 (died in hospital weeks later due to complications from multiple surgeries)

Michael Nine, struck truck whose driver had made left turn in front of him on Spyglass Hill Rd. July 15, 2010

Donald Murphy, struck by car in bike lane of Jamboree Rd near Ford Rd. December 9, 2009

Darryl Benafiel, struck by car whose driver made left turn into his path at Ridge Park Rd and Tesoro. July 23, 2009

Candace Tift, struck by car on sidewalk of Pacific Coast Highway near Riverside Drive. August 23, 2006 (died August 24)



David Huntsman

Husband, father, cyclist, lawyer

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