A traffic collision June 21 at Reyes Adobe Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Agoura Hills resulted in a man’s death when his motorized bicycle struck another vehicle driving through the intersection.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Brian Larson, a 49-year-old resident of Newbury Park. The cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.
The driver of the car was Carter Clinebell, a 22-year-old who graduated Pepperdine University in April.
Clinebell was driving north on Reyes Adobe, away from the 101. He said he was going to a friend’s house to do laundry.
“I felt like I was most of the way through the intersection, through the green (light), and he hit me right in front of my rearview mirror, I think, on my driver’s side,” Clinebell said.
“My windshield and sunroof both were broken on impact. I was covered in glass, my airbag went off and I didn’t really realize what happened.”
Clinebell pulled over to the side of the intersection and got out of his car. He said several witnesses were quick to respond. One person called 911 and another started to administer CPR to Larson.
Clinebell couldn’t comment on whether Larson was in the bike lane or not.
The driver’s left arm was lacerated by glass from his windshield and sunroof. He spoke to sheriff’s deputies when they arrived on the scene and was taken to the hospital via ambulance.
Chris Dubois and his wife drove through the intersection shortly after the accident. Dubois said he watched sheriff’s deputies administer CPR to the unconscious Larson for more than five minutes.
“I swear I saw (his) helmet on the ground maybe 10 or 15 feet from his body, and the strap was broken,” Dubois said. “His bike was in maybe two or three pieces.”
An ambulance transported Larson to the Los Robles Regional
Medical Center. The next day the sheriff’s department confirmed he had died.
Clinebell said he expected to hear Larson wouldn’t survive after he saw him lying in the street. His girlfriend’s parents later told him the man had died.
“Everyone at the scene was telling me, ‘There’s nothing you could have done, it was the wrong place at the wrong time,’ things like that,” Clinebell said.