A bicyclist who was wearing a helmet suffered a fatal injury in a Malibu bicycle crash.
A helmet was not enough protection against a fatal head injury in a Malibu bicycle crash that killed a Laguna Beach man on Saturday.
• Two brothers were cycling down a steep, curvy road in the Malibu mountains when one of them was unable to negotiate a sharp curve.
• The bicycle veered into the opposite lane and crashed into a guardrail. The cyclist was thrown head-first onto the pavement and suffered severe head injuries.
• He was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounce dead less than an hour after the accident.
The tragic accident occurred at about 11:45 a.m., according to a report in the Santa Monica Mirror.
The California Highway Patrol said 51-year-old Robert Eugene Hyndman of Laguna Beach was riding with his brother in the Malibu mountains at the time of the crash.
They were riding down Las Flores Canyon Road, which has many sharp curves and is challenging for even experienced riders, the CHP said.
As Hyndman attempted to negotiate a sharp curve north of Hume Road, his bicycle veered into the wrong side of the road and crashed into a guardrail. The cyclist was ejected from his bicycle and hurled head-first onto the pavement.
Hyndman suffered severe head injuries in spite of his helmet. Hyndman was to UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m., according to the CHP.
This is the 60th traffic-related cycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 20th in Los Angeles County.
Hydman’s brother Carl, who was riding with him, said the victim “never took unnecessary risks” and always rode well within his control and abilities.
“This one was of those unfortunate accidents that we don’t see coming in our lives,” Carl said. “Only seconds before, I was riding in front of him laughing and having the time of our lives. We marveled at the surrounding and embraced it. The terrain wasn’t unusual, too risky or unfamiliar. We had ridden this kind of terrain and far harder many times before. It could have happened just as easily on PCH or a curb across the street. He died in my arms and went doing what he loved to do.”
Ted Rogers, who writes the Biking in L.A. blog, told Laguna Beach Patch that most bicycle helmets do not offer adequate protection in catastrophic crashes.
“Bike helmets are only designed to protect in an impact up to 14 miles per hour,” Rogers said. “Hyndman was probably traveling at a minimum of 25 or 30, far exceeding the helmet’s capabilities. While I am a firm advocate for helmet use, too many people seem to think they are magic devices which will protect the rider in any collision, no matter how severe, which is simply not true.”
Robert Hyndman’s death was the 60th traffic-related cycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 20th in Los Angeles County.
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