ATHERTON (BCN) — The San Mateo County coroner’s office has identified a 62-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a car and killed while crossing a major thoroughfare in Atherton Thursday morning.

Christopher Chandler of Redwood City was killed around 10:35 a.m. when he was hit by a car on southbound El Camino Real at Isabella Avenue, Atherton police Lt. Joe Wade said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation indicated Chandler was in a crosswalk when a southbound Toyota struck him, Wade said.

The driver of the Toyota stopped and was cooperating with investigators.

It does not appear that alcohol played a role in the accident, and it has not been determined whether speed was a factor, Wade said.

Southbound El Camino Real was closed between Watkins and Atherton avenues for about five hours while the accident was investigated.

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Comments (17)
  1. Tom says:

    Bicyclists often ride their bikes in crosswalks. This is illegal, and often causes serious problems. I do not know if this happened here.

  2. Eddie says:

    It is hard to believe that there are people like Tom who blame pedestrians, in the right of way crosswalk mind you, for a car hitting them. Maybe Tom needs to walk or ride in the crosswalk and find out what it is like first before making stupid comments.

  3. Monica says:

    As the police pointed out recently when a young girl was struck riding her bike in a cross walk that if you are riding, you are not a pedestrian and no longer have the right of way. You must WALK your bike in the crosswalk. Fact is, I always wait and make sure a vehicle is going to stop before I cross. Many times, they speed right passed me. I always tell my kids that I will be hit by another mom from their school while I am walking them. It is a shame that everyone is in such a hurry.

  4. David 4 says:

    A driver is responsible for watching the crosswalk, whether it’s for a pedestrian or a cyclist. I avoid major thoroughfares, but if I have to, I ALWAYS stay to the side, on the sidewalk, or in the crosswalk. Tom probably doesn’t ride a bike much, hence his ignorance regarding logistics, dangers, and difficulties of cycling.

    The driver may well have been texting, failing to use a turn signal, or rolling a stop sign.

  5. Cindy says:

    I actually saw the accident seconds later—MANY times it is the bicyclist that is at fault for crossing illegally–I have seen 3 cars get hit by bikes NOT following the “rules of the road”—I applaud the efforts of bike riders to keep our planet green HOWEVER—they must be more careful while riding!

    1. eireland says:

      That is so true in San Francisco where cyclists flagrant violate rules of the road and suffer the consequences or cause many near misses. I want the SFPD to issue citations to these cyclists who make it unsafe for all.

  6. John Larribeau says:

    The intersection of Isabella Avenue and El Camino Real does not have stop lights. There is a stop sign on Isabella Avenue. If Christopher tried to walk his bike across all 6 lanes of El Camino Real, he would have had the right of way. Which doesn’t help as most drivers won’t stop for a pedestrian. If he was riding his bike, he failed to yield the right of way. Same rule if he was driving a car. There is no state law against riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, but many cities have restrictions. I am a avid bicyclist and part of my daily commute is by bike. I always stop at lights and stop signs and even signal while riding my bike. Most people think I am a geek. That is OK because I am still alive. Most likely Christopher made a bad decision that cost him his life. His family is in morning and the motorist who hit him will have that memory to live with.
    Lets all slow down a little, look around and try a little courtesy on the roads.

  7. oldfart says:

    This is sad but Eddie your logic doesn’t ring true. The law is the law, come to SF any day and see bicyclist skirting the law, they come to a red light, cars stop, bicyclists skip over to the crosswalk and go through the red light pretending to be pedestrians and then get back in the traffic lane. I don’t know if this is what happened here, but it happens every day in sanctuary city, bicyclist have to follow the same law as motorist, when was the last time you saw a bicyclist signal, or a bike have lights at night , both are required by law.

  8. terry says:

    man vs auto – man will lose every time. just because you’re in the crosswalk doesn’t make you superman. you still need to look out for cars – it’s just common sense.

  9. Steve says:

    Could the driver of the Toyota possibly be text messaging and didn’t see the cyclist until it was too late? Distracted driving is as bad as DUI, it kills far too many people.

  10. Kathleen says:

    I really doubt that the 69 year old man driving the car was texting. There could be several reasons this accident occurred. Bicyclists don’t obey the laws they are supposed to follow and really law enforcement needs to start citing them for not doing so. Drivers are always trying to speed through crosswalks even when they see a pedestrian standing at the crosswalk waiting. Reality, we ALL need to slow down and obey the law for everyone’s safety. If this driver was indeed not at fault and still he hit this man, imagine what he is now going through knowing he just hit and killed this bicyclist. Somebody lost their life yesterday, and that is just tragic.

  11. Christopher says:

    So typical of the readers in this community to blame the victim. When is the last time anyone has seen lanes of traffic along this stretch of El Camino stop for anyone in a crosswalk not protected by a stoplight? For that matter, when is the last time the police have ever pulled anyone over for speeding–which virtually every car does. No, the police would rather go after otherwise careful cyclists who run stop signs elsewhere where there is no traffic. Pretty disgusting priorities.

  12. Friend says:

    It makes me sick that a majority of these commenters can sit here at talk about blaming Chris for making a “stupid decision” that cost him his life. This man was one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever known and a father to three young women who are now grieving the loss of their father. The lack of compassion for this man’s family from members of our community is disgusting. My thoughts and prayers are with the Chandlers during this incredibly painful time.

  13. Ralph says:

    I could find no explicit prohibition for riding a bicycle in a cross walk in th CAVC. Bicycles have the right to be on sidewalks depending on local ordinances. This creates a gray area in the law. We won’t know one side of the story. Did he stop and walk his bike? Did he stop and ride his bike when he thought it was clear enough? Did he roll right through the stop sign into the bike lane? The story doesn’t tell if he was near the middle of El Camino, near a side and which way he was travelling. All three have a bearing on response time for the driver of the car. This is a tradgedy for all concerned especially Mr. Chandler and his family.

  14. Sheridan Collins says:

    Chris Chandler was a very close friend of mine when we were at Woodside High School. He was an amazing person every minute of every day. Never said “no” to anybody, ALWAYS had a big smile on his face and was the most fun person everywhere he went. Chris always put everybody’s interests ahead of his own. He was extremely reliable and one of the best friends I ever had.

    Sheridan Collins
    New Mexico

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