The widow and children of a cyclist killed last July on Spyglass Hill Road are suing the city of Newport Beach, along with two neighborhood associations and the driver of the truck that struck and killed Michael Nine.
Nine, 43, of Santa Ana, was with a group of about 25 cyclists who rode from Tustin to Newport Coast on July 15, 2010. The group had crested Spyglass Hill Road and were near the exit-only, gated road to the Harbor Ridge development when the crash occurred at about 8 a.m.
Police said a gardener's truck was in the southbound, uphill lane. One cyclist in the group said he was at the head of the pack and yelled, "Truck! Truck! Truck!" when he saw it blocking the road. Everyone was able to swerve around the truck, but Nine collided and later died of his injuries.
The wrongful death suit was filed in April in Orange County Superior Court. The suit claims that the city of Newport Beach failed to create warning signs and safe sight lines and "designed and constructed inconsistent and confusing signing and striping facilities, posing an unreasonable risk of harm to the public…"