South Sacramento Crash Kills Bicyclist

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September 26, 2015
Edward Smith

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South Sacramento Crash Kills Bicyclist

  • An early morning auto vs. bicycle crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
  • The scene of the accident is in the South Sacramento area, at approximately 47th Avenue, and 54th Street.
  • We have learned that a bicycle rider was attempting to cross 47th Avenue when he was struck down by an oncoming motorist.
  • Unfortunately, the man riding the bicycle was killed as a result of the impact.

This information has been reported to the various news agencies by officers dispatched to the scene from the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Identity of the Bicyclist

At this early point in the investigation, the identity of the bicyclist remains unknown.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office usually releases the name of the deceased as soon as it becomes available.

The motorist, who hit the man on the bike, stopped after the accident happened. The driver is cooperating with the investigation process.

Immediately following the crash, CHP began their investigation by shutting down all lanes in the eastbound direction of travel on 47th Avenue.  CHP officers placed warning flares and blocked the area off with their vehicles.

No other details are available to us at this time. The investigation was still underway at the time of this writing.

Update:  9/23/15 – Coroner’s Office releases name of the deceased:  Joseph Martinez of Sacramento, age 55.

To view a photograph of the accident location and read more, please follow this link to the KCRA local news report.


“I don’t understand why people think they can go up against steel.” 

On September 21, 2015, I was traveling home from the office along a popular thoroughfare in the Sacramento area. I was headed westbound in the right-hand lane of travel. There was a car waiting to merge into my lane of travel. That car was sitting at the exit of a little strip mall for a chance to dart into the flow of thick traffic. The motorist saw an opening right in front of me and surged in at an accelerated rate of speed. He did not even see a bicyclist who was flying by on the sidewalk right where he had just exited. It was horrifying to watch. The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, barely escaped being smashed.

An occupant in the car with me commented, “I don’t understand why people think they can go up against steel.”

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