City Worker Killed in Vehicle-Bicycle Accident

Hit From Behind on Cliff Drive Tuesday Night

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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A Santa Barbara city worker was killed just after midnight on Tuesday as he rode his bicycle along Cliff Drive. When officers arrived, they found 44-year-old Joshua Canning — a senior operator at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant since 2005 — lying in the middle of the road about 100 feet east of the Flora Vista Drive intersection, said police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood. He was declared dead at the scene.

Noting the investigation is ongoing, Harwood said it appears Canning was hit from behind as he rode in the left lane of westbound Cliff Drive. He was wearing dark clothing and didn’t have any lights on his bike, Harwood noted. The driver, from New York and behind the wheel of a rental car, didn’t have any alcohol in his system and was not impaired, Harwood said. He was not charged with any crimes.


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It's kind of like "the grass medium" on the 101.. where?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 2:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why ride at night without light clothing and LIGHTS?

emptynewsroom (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why hit someone and leave the scene?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Scratch that, my mistake.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 3:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

two good people were involved in a tragic accident. sometimes it happens, it's terrible for both parties. RIP Josh.

StockiestCastle (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

accidents happen as a result of unsafe behaviors.... Bicyclist: No lights, dark clothing, after midnight, in a car lane, and I bet some alcohol played a role....... When will SB Bicyclists wake up and obey the laws of the road?

retprotector (anonymous profile)
July 9, 2013 at 9:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

retprotector: saying "I bet" means you don't know. Considering the implications of your "bet" about a person who is dead, perhaps you should restrain your comments until there is evidence of alcohol.

Canaveral (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2013 at 7:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Harwood has pointed out something irrelevant... the only legally required lights for bike riding at night face *forward*. There is no legal requirement for rear lights.

Front lights would not have prevented this tragedy.

On the rear of the bike, only reflectors are required... Harwood makes no comment about whether or not Joshua Canning had rear reflectors.

There are no legal requirements on the color of a bike riders' clothing.

Cars are lethal to bicyclists. Most bicyclists ride in incredible fear of the carelessness of car drivers who are eating, talking on their cell phones, speeding, changing the radio channel, etc, or several of those at once.

I hope the driver's cell phone records are examined in this case; remember Eric Okerblom. I hope Officer Harwood examined the drivers' car for food, radio on, CDs, etc.

sevendolphins (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

At night, the only thing that shows on your bike for cars are your lights (if you've got them) and reflectors / reflective clothing (if the car is at the right angle to hit them).

Assuming your clothing is not reflective, its color is irrelevant at night... it is not picked up by car headlights as they are aimed downwards (to prevent blinding other drivers).

Wearing reflective bands around your feet, and/or having reflectors on your pedals, are helpful, as it having a good strong taillight.

Very sorry to read about this, as a daily cyclist for the past 5 years I find most car drivers are quite cautious and respectful (as am I, for that matter). This is very sad and my condolences to both parties.

surfimp (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2013 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

RIP Josh - a great guy who will be missed!

TheDriver (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2013 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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