ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 47-year-old woman riding a bicycle was killed Saturday night after she was hit by a car near the Devil’s Punchbowl area, authorities said.
The fatal collision occurred around 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 on Longview Road, just north of Le Page Ranch Road.
Karla A. Thiel was southbound on Longview Road in the southbound lane, approximately two feet from the white line, when she was struck, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“Her bicycle did not have any reflective gear on it nor a headlight, and she wasn’t wearing a helmet,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jordan Richards. “She wasn’t wearing reflective clothes; she was dressed all in dark clothing.”
Paul S. Biddle, 65, of Littlerock, was driving a 1994 Toyota Camry southbound on Longview Road and was traveling at approximately 45 miles per hour when he struck Thiel, the CHP report states.
“Due to the extreme darkness in the area, the lack of any lighting device or reflectors used by Thiel and her dark clothing, Biddle never saw Thiel in the lane until the collision occurred,” the CHP report states. “Thiel was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the vehicle before being ejected onto the roadway.”
Thiel sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel. Thiel is a local transient of Littlerock and does not have any known family members, according to the CHP report.
Biddle remained at the scene to answer questions and was not injured in the collision.
Alcohol was not a factor in this traffic collision, the CHP report states.