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Bicyclist Phillip Jordan O’Neil Dies After Being Struck By Car

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.

1100 block of East Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena

1100 block of East Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena

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.

Phillip Jordan O'Neill

Phillip Jordan O’Neill

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.

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  1. Hey everyone, Phillip was a member of the 5 star martial arts family, and as a way to support him and his family, the school is hosting a charity Muay Thai workshop, all the proceeds will be going to the O’neill family. The workshop will be hosted at 5 star martial arts, 4201 wilshire blvd suite 105, los Angeles Ca 90010 (323) 933 1708. The event will start Monday and Tuesday June 24th 25th from 6:30-8:30, we would love to see you all there.

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