A 17-year-old San Diego boy died in tragic bicycle accident on February 15, according to sources. Francisco Sanchez Porras was riding north on 61st street in Encanto and failed to stop at a red light at an intersection around 3 p.m., according to reports from the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
One vehicle traveling eastbound struck Porras, throwing him into the street, where he was hit by another vehicle driving east. Authorities pronounced Porras dead on the scene.
“We are devastated,” said Xenia Sanchez, the victim’s sister. “It’s just not clicking yet. He was a kid who loved life. He loved riding his bike and always looked for the positive in any situation.”
This is a tragedy that could have been prevented. Cyclists need to follow bicycle safety laws as well as normal traffic laws, just like motorists. Stop at all intersections to be safe. Never assume that drivers can see you, even in the daylight.
There are steps you can take to minimize your risk of collisions at intersections. Make sure your bike has lamps and reflectors. Take a bicycle safety course to learn how to maneuver through traffic safely. Cycle defensively and always be on the lookout for vehicles.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego wrongful death attorney.