Sheron Lenore Stitson became the first cyclist this year to die in an accident in the City of Santa Barbara. Stitson, who was homeless, was not wearing a helmet, and died of head injuries after losing control of her bike under the State Street underpass. According to the police report, she was traveling fast — at about 19 miles per hour, or 28 feet per second — and passing slower riders when she lightly bumped another cyclist and fell.
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Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 10, 2006
Updated 2:09 p.m., September 14, 2006
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