Kazumasa Nozaki was killed in a hit and run collision near the Annenberg Community Beach House on PCH around 7 p.m, October 15. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the driver who struck Nozaki left the scene of the accident, then later returned where he then questioned. Regarding what led to the death of the 23 year cyclist, Lt. Saul Rodriguez of Santa Monica PD stated, “A preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was riding his bicycle northbound along PCH. The involved vehicle was traveling northbound along PCH and struck the bicyclist from the rear. The driver is cooperating with the investigation and there have been no preliminary indications the driver was impaired.” The accident happened after sundown so the cyclist may have not been easily seen prior to the fatal collision.
Vision Zero Efforts Are Underway
Vision Zero plans for Santa Monica and Los Angeles are underway, yet the city of Santa Monica seems to be lacking direction in its vision zero initiative. With limited money appropriated to fund Vision Zero action plans, the City of Santa Monica has to make difficult decisions about staffing and prioritizing which safety projects are needed the most. Unfortunately, reforming an infrastructure designed for the efficient travel of vehicles to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians can be expensive and politically difficult.