Collision

Ghost Bike Placed On El Camino Real

by The Editors on May 1, 2013

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Friends of Eric Ringdahl, the cyclist who was hit and killed while riding his bike Sunday morning, April 23, 2013 have placed a ghost bike near the site of the collision, according to a story in the UT San Diego.

Ringdahl’s friends and members of the local bicycling community put up the ghost bike, said family friend Elizabeth Sugarman. About 15 people turned out Saturday to leave flowers, photos and share a quiet moment to honor Ringdahl at the roadside remembrance.

They are sad to see, however, ghost bikes are a constant reminder to both motorists and cyclists that we all need to share the road.

[Link: UT San Diego]

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Woman Hit & Killed By Amtrak Train

by The Editors on April 19, 2013

A woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in the Carlsbad train station at 2:30 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

Investigators from the San Diego Sheriff’s Rail Enforcement Unit say the woman had walked through the pedestrian gate on the west side of the train station into the oncoming path of the train. . . She was struck by the train and suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputies.

This was the second pedestrian hit by an Amtrak train in a week.

[Link: NBC San Diego]

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Man Survives Amtrak Hit In Carlsbad Village

by The Editors on April 16, 2013

A 23-year-old man who was “allegedly drunk” was hit by an Amtrak train in the Village of Carlsbadistan early Monday morning (April 15, 2013) has survived with “only scrapes and bruises” according to a story on Fox 5 San Diego.

“The man ignored the flashing lights and crossing arms at the tracks on Carlsbad Village Drive near State Street shortly after midnight,” sheriff’s Deputy D. Patterson said. . . The man was struck by a southbound train and thrown about 20 feet, Patterson said. He was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for an evaluation.

See what you can survived when you’re relaxed?

[Link: Fox 5 San Diego]

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Cyclist Hit And Killed In Valley Center

by The Editors on September 26, 2012

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Cyclist Scott Folck, 35, an Engineering Manager at Taylor Made Golf in Carlsbad died Sunday, September 23, 2012 from injuries he sustained after being struck by a car while riding his bike on Wood Valley Road in Valley Center, California at approximately 6 AM on Sunday, September 16, 2012. According to the U-T San Diego:

California Highway Patrol officials said a 22-year-old motorist from San Marcos was attempting to make a left turn onto Cool Water Ranch when he turned in front of Folck. The driver applied his brakes when he saw the bicyclist but was unable to avoid him. . . Folck’s bicycle ran into the right front of the driver’s Mitsubishi 3000GT and was thrown to the ground. . . CHP officials are investigating the incident. They have said they do not believe alcohol was a factor.

Cyclists who frequent the Swami’s Cycling Club training rides through Carlsbad knew Folck very well and most saw only the back of his Adams Avenue Bicycles Team kit. On Monday the Swami’s Cycling Twitter feed sent out the following message: “Scott was a great guy and a good friend of Swamis. We’ll miss him on the morning rides.”

Folck is survived by his wife, Sheryl Lynn Talmage Folck; stepson, Shane; his father; his mother; his sister, Christine, and several other relatives. Click here for his complete obituary.

Cycling friends of Folck’s will gather at 7 AM Friday, September 28, 2012 at Fletcher Cove for a “low-key pedal along the coast to simply show some solidarity in remembrance of Scott.”

[Link: U-T San Diego]

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Hit & Run Driver Sentenced To 6 Years

by The Editors on March 13, 2012

Julianne Elyse Thomson, 24, was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Carlsbad hit-and-run death of cyclist Arthur Jacobs, 64, according to a story in the UT San Diego.

Jacobs died July 27, 2011 about 9:45 a.m. on El Camino Real at the intersection with Cassia Road, authorities said. . . Thomson pleaded guilty in January to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run causing death, and agreed to the prison sentence. She was sentenced in Vista Superior Court according to her plea agreement.

Sad that we have to worry about drunk drivers at 9:45 AM. Our thoughts are with Jacob’s family.

[Link: UT San Diego]

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Four-Car Pile Up On Carlsbad Blvd.

by The Editors on June 5, 2011

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As if we needed another reminder that all the crosswalks on the beach section of Carlsbad Boulevard need flashing lights, we have this four-car pile up near the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Juniper Ave. at 5:15 PM, June 5, 2011. The Carlsbad Fire Department and Police were on the scene, but luckily, no one was injured. . . this time.

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Trash Worker Killed By His Own Truck

by The Editors on March 22, 2011

A sanitation worker was killed yesterday (Monday, March 21, 2011) at approximately 10 AM when the truck he was driving ran him over, according to a story on San Diego 6.

The fatal accident in the 800 block of Bluewater Road was reported shortly before 10 a.m., Lt. Marc Reno said. . . The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, suffered severe injuries to his torso and died at the scene, according to Reno.

If you saw anything, please contact the Carlsbad Police Department. Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.

[Link: San Diego 6]

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Tillman Pleads Not Guilty In Ghost Ride

by The Editors on November 16, 2010

25801218 640X480Accused Juniper Avenue ghost ride the whipper Neal Tillman, 29, of Carlsbad pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of driving under the causing injury Monday, according to a story on 10news.com.

Neal Tillman, 29, appeared before Judge Marshall Hockett Monday morning to face those charges. He is currently free on $2,500 bond, and he is not allowed to drink any alcohol and can only drive to and from work.

Tillman has apparently never even gotten a speeding ticket before. He certainly went big for his first alleged infraction.

[Link: 10news.com]

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Carlsbad Man’s Motorcycle Misshap

by The Editors on November 10, 2010

Carlsbadistan’s Joshua Sullivan, 32, was apparently coming home from a ride in the desert Sunday, November 7, 2010, when his sleeping bag did him in, according to a story in the Imperial Valley Press.

Sullivan. . .was riding his 2006 Kawasaki Ninja west on Highway 78 west of Highway 86 about noon Sunday at more than 100 miles per hour [when] a sleeping bag, attached to the rear fender, became loose and wedged between the frame and the rear tire, stopping the bike.. . Sullivan lost control and was ejected onto the pavement.

Sullivan sustained what were reportedly “major injuries” in the accident.

[Link: Imperial Valley Press]

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Carlsbadistan Bumper Cars Knock Out Power

by The Editors on October 28, 2010

The first link in last night’s bumper car chain reaction in Carlsbadistan was when Alexander Roslund plowed his minivan through a red light at the corner of College Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive. He slammed into another minivan injuring a 15-year-old girl according to a story in the North County Times.

The second crash occurred when a driver distracted by watching the first crash drifted into a neighboring lane and sideswiped another vehicle, Chapman said. The distracted driver lost control of her vehicle and slammed into an electrical box, causing a power outage that lasted through the night, according to the sergeant.

All this at 7:50 PM? Wasn’t the World Series still on?

[Link: North County Times]

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