18-year-old man dies in bike accident during Critical Mass ride at UCLA

Posted:   09/01/2012 10:38:10 AM PDT

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WESTWOOD – An 18-year-old man was killed when he lost control of his bicycle and crashed into a wall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, police said Saturday.

The rider was declared dead at UCLA Medical Center, where he was taken by private ambulance after the crash at 9:50 p.m. Friday on De Nave Drive and Charles E. Young Drive, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. C. Clark of the West Traffic Division, which was investigating the accident.

Jerico Culata of Los Angeles was participating in the Critical Mass ride when he lost control of his bike and slammed into a masonry wall, Clark said.

Culata went wide on a downhill curve, his friend told a photographer outside the hospital.

Several other riders also crashed, but none was seriously hurt, according to Culata’s friend.

There was also trouble at the Critical Mass cycling event in San Diego on Friday night.

A San Diego police officer was recovering today after being hit in the head with a screwdriver that a rider allegedly threw.

It was unclear if any of the riders were arrested near Sixth Avenue and Market Street downtown, where the crime occurred about 9:10 p.m. Friday.

The officer was taken to a hospital with a bleeding head wound, Officer David Stafford told the U-T San Diego.

The last-Friday-of-the-month ride, held in about 300 cities worldwide, is an outgrowth of the Critical Mass movement started in San Francisco in 1992. The name of the ride refers

to the number of riders needed to dominate streets.

In Southern California, the riders can sometime be rowdy. In other cases, the riders don’t follow the rules of the road. For instance, “corking” is when a handful of the leaders block an intersection to enable the larger pack of riders to pass through. Run-ins with police during Critical Mass rides are not uncommon, since some riders apparently embrace the nighttime tours as a form of protest.

Critical Mass cyclist killed after crashing into wall on UCLA campus

by Darsha Philips

Source: ABC News

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A bicyclist, who was part of a Critical Mass ride, was killed after he crashed into a wall on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.

The accident happened at about 10 p.m. Friday at Charles E. Young and De Neve drives. Authorities say Jerico Culata lost control of his bike while riding down a steep hill. The 18-year-old was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Critical Mass is an international event that takes place on the last Friday of every month in hundreds of cities around the world. The purpose is to show support for several causes such as clean air and safer roads.

Participants of Friday’s ride say the steep road and sharp turn were difficult to maneuver, especially for riders who weren’t familiar with the area.

“A lot of people aren’t from around here, so they didn’t know that it was a hill going and it was just a quick stop. You had to turn, so some of them just took the hill all the way down without having brakes and knowing where to go,” said witness Jose Barbarena.

Three other bike riders were hurt in separate crashes. Two female riders were taken to the hospital, but their conditions were not known.

The fatal crash remains under investigation. Participants of the ride said it’s a trend for cyclists to have bikes without brakes and believe that may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

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  1. Critical Mass is sometimes not a “Happy Friday” moment. Sometimes it turns deadly. The chaos of a Critical Mass ride is sometimes its worst feature.

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