A bicyclist who was killed in a crash with a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Saturday apparently veered into the transit vehicle after her handlebar hit a parked vehicle.
The 36-year-old woman, whose name was being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The crash was reported at 1:50 p.m. Saturday in the 25000 block of Pacific Coast Highway.
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An autopsy was conducted over the weekend and her death was ruled as accidental from multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
According to the preliminary investigation, the woman lost control of her bicycle after some trucks passed her, and her handlebar hit a parked vehicle, said Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station. She then veered into the bus, and was dragged beneath it and crushed, he said.
The driver was not arrested, Brooks said, but the investigation was continuing.
The bus, in service on the 534 line, was eastbound on PCH when the crash occurred, MTA spokesman Luis Inzunza said.
Inzunza said the driver was given a drug and alcohol test, which is standard procedure, but the results will likely not be released to the public by the agency.
"That will be between the personnel and the sheriff's investigators," Inzunza said.
Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call the sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills station at (818) 878-1808.
City News Service contributed to this report.