Foreign visitor dies after bicycle accident

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Ambulance at NightMISSION BAY PARK, Calif. — A woman who was fatally injured early Sunday while riding her bicycle in Mission Bay Park, and died several hours later in a hospital, has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The victim was identified as Stela Hristova, 21, a resident of Bulgaria who was visiting family in San Diego.

Hristova was riding her bike without a helmet headed southbound in the middle of the traffic lane about 3:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ingraham Street on Vacation Island. The driver of a sedan swerved when he saw her, but not in time, and struck her.

She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died at 2:05 p.m. from injuries she sustained in the collision.


  • andy

    thats why bikers need to respect the fact that cars and trucks are faster and weigh alot more….its just simple physics…. also they made bike lanes for a reason (not sure if that applies here but for all you other cyclists,you wanted em and you got em… then you ride outside of them), dont be surprised if you get run over. tragic what happened, but who's gonna ride down the center of a lane at 3:30 in the morning and expect to survive that experience?

  • Bruce

    Fox5, You should write your headline correctly: Woman Riding Bicycle Dies From Injuries Sustained When Struck By Car.

    Andy, You are completely backwards. This is in an area described as a park. Automobiles need to respect the fact there are flesh and blood people that share and use our streets, pedestrians and bicycles. There are no bike lanes on this stretch, by state law bicycles are allowed to use the entire lane and drivers must yield and share the road. The city's bike plan in 2002 called for bike lanes here but 11 years later there is still nothing. Separately, helmets are designed to protect from a 10' fall. Not a 3,000 pound vehicle being driven negligently.

  • Bobbie

    I also feel the "blame the victim" undertone. The article makes it sound as if the driver did everything he could–he swerved, but not on time–while the young woman who died wasn't wearing a helmet and was riding at 3.30am in the traffic lane…She was asking for it, right? And what about the driver who was on the road at 3.30am as well and did not see a group of 3 bicyclists (yes, the victim was not alone)…What was he doing? Obviously, not looking at the traffic lane ahead of him…

    • Fred

      Sounds like you were there Bobbie!

      What were you doing out at 3:30am ????

      It sounds like everyone needs to watch out for each other.

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