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Bicyclist killed after collision with MTA bus in Malibu

October 15, 2012 |  1:50 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A bicyclist riding through Malibu was killed over the weekend when she veered into a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, was dragged beneath it and ultimately run over by the bus’ rear wheels, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s official said.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the female rider, who was identified only as 36 years old, was traveling down the 25000 block of Pacific Coast Highway just before 2 p.m. Saturday when she began to swerve, said Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

The woman was riding alongside the bus. The bus driver told authorities the woman appeared to lose control of her bike as vehicles and possibly a truck passed by, Brooks said.

“She lost control and struck her handlebars on a parked vehicle, which caused her to veer into the traffic lane, striking the side of the bus,” Brooks said. “She was subsequently dragged under the bus and run over by the rear tires."

All MTA buses have video recording on board, and investigators will be reviewing the tape, Brooks said.

He said no arrests have been made, and that the investigation is ongoing. 


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.