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Bicyclist dies from being hit after riding by stop sign

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From page A1 | July 12, 2013 | 14 Comments

A man sustained serious injuries after being hit by a car while on his bicycle June 29 in El Dorado Hills. He later died on July 7.

David Castillo, 45, of Folsom, was riding his bicycle westbound on Alexandria Drive at 8:10 a.m., said CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson.

Meanwhile, Yiwei Chen, 51, of Folsom, was driving his blue 2005 Dodge Neon northbound on Sophia Parkway, which meets Alexandria at a T intersection.

“(Chen) had the right of way,” Cuthbertson said. Castillo had a stop sign. For “an unknown reason,” Castillo did not stop, and “pulled directly into the path” of Chen, who hit him broadside, Cuthbertson said.

Castillo sustained major injuries. “I hear he is not doing very well,” Cuthbertson said. “Serious injuries.”

El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s Mike Lillienthal said that Castillo was taken by Cal Star 3 to UC Davis Medical Center in critical condition.

According to the Green Valley Mortuary’s Website, Castillo died on July 7. His service is scheduled for July 12 at 2 p.m. at the Green Valley Cemetery in Rescue.

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  • BeverlyJuly 12, 2013 - 8:07 am

    This accident does not surprise 95% of the bike riders I have seen do not stop at stop sign and a lot do not stop at signal lights either .I am sorry the man was hurt but he should be cited for running a stop sign a lot of bike riders feel they own the road . Please Bike Riders remember you need to obey the traffic laws also. I feel sorry for the lady that hit him she will live with that for a long time

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJuly 12, 2013 - 8:39 am

    My sympathy reserves are running a bit low so I'm afraid I can't spare any for senor Castillo. Especially since, as Beverly noted, many of these folks seem to think STOP signs are only for 4 wheeled vehicles. Guess Mr. Castillo found out otherwise, and did so the HARD way.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 13, 2013 - 11:50 pm

    Paddy, it is A FOUR WAY STOP. There may be more to this story.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 14, 2013 - 12:12 am

    OOPS! CORRECTION: Alexandria loops off Sophia and intersects Sophia twice. The southerly intersection IS NOT A FOUR WAY STOP.

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  • Christopher AilmanJuly 12, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    While I understand the frustration that my fellow cyclists do not stop, please withhold any more comments. David was a good friend and co-worker, our staff is deeply hurt and I am very saddened to say that David passed away on July 7th from these injuries. Our hearts greive for his wife, and two children. David was an incredible guy and he will always be a part of our lives. I realize that Paddy and Beverly had no idea and again I understand their frustration. It is a reminder that life can change in a blink of an eye.

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  • DrtJuly 13, 2013 - 11:06 pm

    Were there witnesses or is the driver the source for the info on who had the right of way?

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 13, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Drt, I just "viewed the scene" in Google Earth. It is a FOUR WAY STOP. If it is true that the CHP's report is: “(Chen) had the right of way,” Cuthbertson said. Castillo had a stop sign. For “an unknown reason,” Castillo did not stop, and “pulled directly into the path” of Chen, who hit him broadside, Cuthbertson said. . . . then the CHP, Castillo has some " 'splainin' to do".

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 14, 2013 - 12:11 am

    CORRECTION: Alexandria loops off Sophia and intersects Sophia twice. The southerly intersection IS NOT A FOUR WAY STOP.

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  • Uh oh..July 14, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Looks like Cuz'n Phil is arguing with himself. Psst.. Man can not live by Google Earth alone.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 14, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Measure twice. Cut once. Cuz if'n u don't u look silly . . .

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  • cookie65July 14, 2013 - 10:23 am

    So sorry to hear the cyclist didn't make it. I agree with the observation, "for an UNKNOWN Castillo didn't stop." I for one will never know why people on bicycles don't bother with traffic laws when they are putting their lives in the hands of complete strangers who may or may not be capable of operating a 4,000 lbs. lethal weapon. To me it ranks right up there with people who walk next to the road at night wearing all dark clothing.

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  • DrtJuly 14, 2013 - 11:08 am

    This guy does not seem like the wanna be bike messengers that wantonly run stop signs when traffic is present. Sane bicyclists don't play russian roulette by blowing stop signs or lights around traffic.

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  • Such a shame...July 14, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    Please, anyone else, before writing insensitive comments about Mr. Castillo, stop. He was a family friend and has passed away. His wife & children are without a husband/father, so please...have a heart and spare your comments about how he was at fault. I know many residents who live in the El Dorado Hills community where this accident took place, and they testify that drivers are NOTORIOUS for no even slowing down at that four way stop.

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  • AshleyAugust 08, 2013 - 11:19 pm

    This was my great Uncle. I still don't know how I feel about this because I always thought of him as very careful. Regardless, I miss him and love him.

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