PASADENA (June 15, 2013) – Bicyclist Phillip Jordan O’Neill died on Sunday as a result of fatal injuries sustained when a car hit him while he was riding his bike. The bicycle accident happened around 6:00 p.m. near Caltech in Pasadena. Phillip O’Neill was riding in a westbound direction on the 1100 block of East Del Mar Boulevard near Wilson Avenue. According to Pasadena Police Department, a compact car struck O’Neil from the back.
He was rushed to Huntington Memorial Hospital where he later died of his injuries. The Los Angeles resident was 25 years old. O’Neill was riding with a female friend at the time, it has been not been reported whether or not she sustained any injuries.
While no arrests have been made, the driver of the car that struck Philip O’Neil was detained for questioning by police. It is unclear why the driver struck O’Neill as an investigation is ongoing. It is likely that the driver was not paying attention. Witnesses say O’Neil was ejected from his bike, hit a parked car then landed on the ground, sustaining traumatic blunt force injuries.
Drivers share the road with bicyclists and should give them as much as three feet distance between bicycle and car.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to O’Neil’s family, siblings and close friends in his untimely death. He held a degree in Biomedical Engineering and possessed a bright future. The driver of the compact car is certainly liable to the surviving family members for the death of Philip O’Neil. There is no reason the driver should not have been able to see the cyclist at that time of day. It should also be noted that the area where the collision occurred in Pasadena is directly adjacent to CalTech, where there are many students cycling at all times of day.