Bicyclist killed near Iron Horse Trail


A bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle on Sept. 3 while riding near the Iron Horse Trail.

San Ramon resident Elizabeth Duffy, 53, was bicycling on the sidewalk at the intersection of the trail and Crow Canyon Road when she fell onto the roadway, said Police Lt. Mike Boehrer. Duffy was struck by an oncoming vehicle at approximately 7:40 p.m. and was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where she died from her injuries.

Boehrer said the driver of the vehicle is not being charged in the incident.

Although Duffy's autopsy have been completed,the county is not releasing the results until a Sheriff's report is finished, said Deputy Biggs with the County Coroner.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Sad. I ride through that intersection almost every day.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

My sister in-law was killed in an accident very similar to this one. She had not riden a bicycle in may years and tried to tackle one of the busiest boulevards in San Luis Obispo. I don't know what the details are of Elizabeth's accident, but sadly this is another example of how cars and bikes don't blend well.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

How sad! It is just a matter of time before another bicyclist is killed ON the Iron Horse trail
when they blast through the stop signs posted on the trail and assume they have the right of way over cars that are crossing the trail on the thoroughfare.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

Perhaps Duffy, but in this case it sounds like all that happened was the poor lady simply lost her balance. There is just no buffer zone at all in that spot; if you fall just a few feet off the curb your are in the vehicular lane. And people drive that part between stoplights on Crow like maniacs. I hate the Crow Canyon crossing even more than the Sycamore crosswalk.

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Posted by dbrower
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

It's a nasty crossing in an unexpected place for drivers. It might be worth thinking about a bridge or subway, as done at Ygnacio and Treat.

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Posted by Al
a resident of John Baldwin Elementary School
on Sep 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

This really is terrible... the sad part is that all the minor streets (like El Camino or Greenbrook) while they carry a lot less traffic, at least make the drivers very aware of the trail intersections there. It seems that the busiest major streets simply do not have an adequate warning or traffic control of the trail crossing... the large streets REALLY do need Subways or Overpasses for the trail. I know it's an expensive undertaking, but tell that to Elizabeth Duffy's family...

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Posted by Practical Thinking
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

Yep, have witnessed many a jogger and bicyclist just bast through the clearly POSTED SIGN "STOP" to Iron Horse users at cross roads.

Some blast through giving the finger to cars who dont stop for them.
So what to lament, the death or worse yet, very poor judgment to blast through expecting all cars to stop for them resulting in near misses or rare eventual deaths accusing cars of the problem which is not the case.

To blast through expecting a ton of weight to stop on the dime is pretty foolhardy with eventual major mishap.

So why paint STOP on the Iron Horse trail when most dont STOP.

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Posted by John Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

I take issue with "Blast Through." It is not bikes, runners, joggers, skaters etc that are blasting through. It is the thousands of pounds of steel on wheels driven by arrogant entitled verbally belliger-ignorants. If the world were sane, we would have stop signs for the cars at every intersection with the iron horse trail. But the doer-no-goods, that "just have to get somewhere fast" and can't expend the microcalories to move the foot and apply the brakes and feel frustration with the 15 second "delay" to their day, verbally bash bikers on the streets and trails. Do yourself a favor and think of the entitlement you espouse as well as your view of the world and the "speed" with which you feel you need to move in it.

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Posted by DanvilleBubbleBoy
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

I pray for her loss and I pray for her family. Agreed, we need a bridge or something at that intersection for cyclist, walkers, runners, etc.

God forbid the oversized SUV, oversized driver, oversized children, oversized dog, oversized luggage, and oversized sense of entitlement because they drive an oversized hunk of steel that hogs the road is late to pick up their supersized meal at McDonalds! Oh wait, did we just run over something? Did you hear a scream? Oh well, lets get home and get fat!

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Posted by Half Century Resident
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

This is a terrible tragedy and I've walked/biked the trail for years. I find most drivers very willing to stop for me. We don't know the details so please don't jump to conclusions and ask for new laws, new overpasses, underpasses etc. Our society is so over-burdened with laws, rules and signage to protect us. We cannot protect every person from every accident by throwing more money and rules out there. Every citizen is responsible for him/her self. We are losing our freedom and becoming mindless human beings. We should all be cautious and use our heads. We should all teach our children to be cautious and use their heads. Stop asking the government to babysit. It cannot prevent all accidents.

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Posted by samiam
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

Actually, my son was hit in a CROSSWALK by a car that ran a RED light at this location a few months ago. Thankfully, he was not hurt, God's grace and a perfect line up on the bumper. Totaled his bike.

Rather then making this a good vs evil debate, why not look at the situation? Car drivers are often very careless regarding the safety of others. I live next to an elementary school and it ALWAYS amazes me just how careless the parents (usually mothers and usually in SUVs) are when driving around children. They talk, use their cells, run into driveways, ignore dashing kids while picking up/dropping off for school. When the police sit out there in the morning, handing out tickets for speeding and reckless driving (45 in heavy traffic/kids/people near a school???) things get a little better.

We all need to take a little time to THINK before we act.
Much sympathy for the family of the victim.

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Posted by David
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Bless this family in their despair. I cant imagine knowing my family member was killed in this fashion. Just horrible.

I agree with 'samiam'. The 'danville dolly's' driving their huge suv's are getting more and more scary. When you drive behind them, you cant see a darn thing. They block the entire road and limit the visibility of other drivers who may not see a child or bike rider. I don't know why they insist on driving these tanks. Of course, half of them have "Keep Tahoe Blue" stickers on the bumper while they contaminate the atmosphere with their exhaust!

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

How very sad ~ 53 is still a young age to lose your life... When driving I feel you need to be aware of what's ahead and the possibilities. A plan B needs to be in effect at all times ~ it's an accident, no one intended for someone to lose a life, but someone did, and everyone lost something and the world is forever changed because of this.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Helloo? there is a traffic light at this intersection that bikers activate. From what I read she fell off the sidewalk....and was not hit in the middle of Crow Canyon...still a terrible tragedy, but a 9 million dollar bridge is not needed....we have a light there folks...
But I sympathize with Joe....lots of times folks ride and sometimes they fall.....especially if they are infrequent riders. My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible..

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