74yo Stephen Naftilan killed in Azusa bicycle accident

Posted: July 29, 2022

 AZUSA, CA (July 29, 2022) – Authorities today identified a bicyclist from San Bernardino County who was killed in a crash in the Azusa area.

The crash took place at mile marker 24.10 on San Gabriel Canyon Road (state Route 39) around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Stephen Naftilan, 74, of Upland died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and the CHP.

“For reasons unknown at this time, (he) was unable to keep his bicycle upright and the right side of (his) bicycle crashed into the asphalt roadway,” the CHP said in a statement. “A passerby and another bicyclist who observed the crash responded … and observed he was unresponsive.”

The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

“Alcohol or drugs are not considered to be a factor at this time,” the CHP said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the CHP Baldwin Park Area office at 626-338-1164.

[via City News Service]

Liability In Azusa Bicycle Accidents

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting bicyclists and other pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10.” There are number of common causes of motorcycle accidents including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Prescription drug use
  • Inclement weather

The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved and protected after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Stephen Naftilan’s Bicycle Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Stephen Naftilan. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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