Riding a mountain bike is a lot like riding a car.
You get behind the wheel and go fast.
That’s where the fun comes in.
But what if you were riding it in the wrong direction?
That’s what happened when a bicyclist in California was hit and killed by a car that crossed a busy road.
The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. on Highway 1 in Sacramento, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee.
The driver of the car told investigators that he was trying to avoid a woman who was trying a wheelie.
She was weaving in and out of traffic and the bicyclist was in front of her, according the Bee.
The driver of that car had no idea he had hit a cyclist, police said.
“She was clearly going a little faster than she needed to be, and we didn’t see her coming,” said Sgt. Scott Warshaw, Sacramento police spokesman.
The bicyclist, identified as 51-year-old Maria Torres, was wearing a helmet and her bike was equipped with a rearview mirror, but the driver of his car had not seen her and did not stop to make a stop, according.
“He thought she was going to stop,” Warshow said.
The crash killed Torres and injured two other cyclists, one of whom was treated for serious injuries and the other for minor injuries.
The car was still traveling at an 80 mph speed when it struck Torres, Warshaws said.
It took about three hours for the California Highway Patrol to arrive at the scene, which is just a few miles away from the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 6.
The two bicyclists were pronounced dead at the hospital, according, according a Sacramento Bee report.
“I would never ride in a car, and I have never even thought about it,” Torres’ husband, Mario Torres, told the newspaper.
“I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but I think I was really in a bad spot, because I had to make sure I was in the right place.”
“I am just so sad,” Torres told the paper.
“It’s a horrible thing.
California law requires that drivers have a safe distance between them and bicyclists when they are moving at a speed greater than 60 mph. “
The driver should have done the right thing.”
California law requires that drivers have a safe distance between them and bicyclists when they are moving at a speed greater than 60 mph.
It’s not clear what the speed limit was on the road at the time of the crash.
(Reporting by Kim Hairston; Editing by Paul Simao)