Name of cyclist killed in bike lane released

ambulanceAccidentSAN DIEGO — Authorities released the name Monday of a 45-year-old man who was hit and killed by a car over the weekend while bicycling through his coastal North County hometown.

Eric Ringdahl of Carlsbad was heading north with another rider in a bike lane in the 7400 block of El Camino Real when the northbound vehicle hit him about 7:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The motorist was not immediately cited, though the crash remained under investigation, police said.

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  • Socal

    If he was following all the applicable laws and was in the bike lane, he was hit, it is a CRIME, the driver is at fault because he did not stay in his own lane!! Simple, plain and simple, this man was KILLED by a motor vehicle and its driver should be charged with vehicular manslaughter!

    • Eric

      So what if he wasn't? Is it okay to drive over a cyclist if they're not in the bike lane?

      You may want to consult your driver handbook.

  • Independent

    There is no valid excuse for hitting a bike under any circumstance except if the bike suddenly swerves into traffic. The ONLY possible explanation for hitting a biker is either lack of proper driving diligence or malice. Any equivocation of this reality is pathetic and shameful. Pay attention while driving.

  • Matt D

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Amy and the kids. Erik was great friend and a wonderful person who will be missed. News like this breaks my heart.

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