UPDATE: Coroner ID's Bicyclist Killed by Truck on PCH

A 29-year-old woman was hit by a truck Friday morning on Pacific Coast Highway and Bayside Drive.

A Newport Beach woman died Friday after being hit by a truck in Newport Beach, the Orange County coroner's office reported.

Bicyclist Sarah Leaf, 29, was involved in a deadly collision with a stake bed truck about 10:40 a.m. at the corner of Bayside Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, according to Newport Beach police Sgt. Mark Hamilton.

Leaf was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made," Hamilton said.

A witness said Leaf was wearing a helmet.

"I thought she was so still, I didn't know if she was dead," resident Barbara D. said. "I feel so bad, really sad."

Both vehicles were going east, and the collision happened when the driver of a stake-bed truck turned right on Bayside Drive, according to police.

Southbound Bayside Drive from Pacific Coast Highway was closed for several hours on Friday.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Cindy September 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I rode my bike on that route once, but on the sidewalk on the other side of the street where it's safer. I don't dare share the rode on PCH, crazy drivers going very fast. So sad...
Bryan Scarano September 24, 2012 at 08:21 AM
You people trying to justify the concept of riding your bike the safest way and not recognizing the true tragedy of a beautiful life lost makes me sick! Its not the time nor place for that discussion!! No matter the fact of who thinks they were right or wrong is missing the point that Sarah's family just had a very untimely and tragic loss. My prayers go out to the family. People need to open there hearts and not there big, uneducated, selfish mouths at times! Put yourself in the family's shoes for a second and think about what you just said.
Charles September 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I would recommend cyclists ride on the side streets, the less congested streets parallel to the main route. Also, wear bright clothing and one of those bike flags for visibility (they don't add too much aero drag).
steve September 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Bryan Scarano I and others are just trying to make others aware of the danger of riding you bike---I hope Sarah's family respects that !!! Perhaps it might even save YOUR life
Great Big Pick-Up Truck September 30, 2012 at 02:33 AM
As so many of her friends have said, I am quite sure that Sarah was a wonderful, loving person. If this wonderful, loving person had been driving a car on PCH and not riding a bicycle on PCH, she would, most likely, be alive today. Riding a bicycle on PCH--ANYWHERE on PCH is dangerous. Riding a bicycle on PCH between Dover and Poppy in Corona Del Mar is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! Even if every driver is cautious and watches where they are driving. Even if every cyclist is cautious and watches where they are riding, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. If you are in a nice, big sedan, you will probably be all right. If you are on a bike, you will probably die or be seriously injured. Now: Who wants to take a bike ride from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach on PCH? If you raise your hand, you are STUPID!


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