Cyclist Dies After PCH Collision

Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs

A cyclist died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Pacific Coast Highway near Zuma Beach on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Sheriffs responded to the scene of the collision at Busch Drive around 8:30 p.m., according to Lt. John Lecrivain with the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

“Units are on scene of a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision on PCH at Busch Drive, near the entrance to Zuma Beach,” Lecrivain wrote in an alert from the station. 

Both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of PCH were closed after the collision as authorities further investigated the scene.

The male victim was airlifted from the scene to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and was initially reported to have “serious but not life threatening injuries.”

“It happened at about 8:30 p.m.,” Detective Richard Curry said. “A person was riding a bicycle across the highway, crossed the highway and was struck by a vehicle. He was transported to the hospital and died around 12:30 a.m.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirmed the Monday morning fatality.

“A 48-year-old male involved in the collision died on Aug. 24 at Ronald Reagan,” Winter said. “He might be a transient.”

Authorities believe the victim was a local homeless man, but cannot confirm the victim’s identity until notifying next of kin.

Further information surrounding the driver of the vehicle and the vehicle involved in the collision is currently unavailable.

The early Monday morning fatality raised the total number of deaths on PCH in 2015 to five, just months after City Council approved the PCH Safety Study, a $20 million plan for improvements along the highway.

A male pedestrian was struck and killed near the same stretch of highway on June 2. Eleven days later, Dewayne Coleman was killed after a truck careened into his parked vehicle on June 13. 

In late March, a 21-year-old female was the victim of an early morning hit-and-run collision near Paradise Cove. The suspect fled the scene, drove north on Kanan Road and was detained by deputies in Agoura Hills. 

On February 7, Kimberley Lowe was killed in a four-vehicle collision near Corral Canyon Road involving Caitlyn Jenner. The fatal collision closed a stretch of PCH for nearly nine hours. Jenner is facing possible manslaughter charges as the District Attorney’s Office awaits the Sheriff Department’s final investigation report, due by the end of the month.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Lt. Lecrivain’s rank. The story has been updated with corrected information.