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Bicyclist Killed by Big Rig in West Oakland

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Susan Watson, the bicyclist killed by a big rig truck in West Oakland last week.

According to Oakland police, Susan Watson was riding her bicycle near Fifth and Market streets around 6:15 p.m. when the truck hit her while making a turn. She was knocked to the ground and her bicycle was caught in the undercarriage of the truck. The truck driver stopped at the scene and has been cooperating with the investigation.

Susan Watson, 62, of El Cerrito, was well-known to bicyclists who took the commuter ferry to Oakland. According to Chris Tran, a blogger who rode the ferry with Watson every day, Watson’s bicycle was easily visible. She had lights on the wheels, lights on her backpack, and traditional bike lights on the front and back. She also had a distinctive bicycle helmet with “stegosaurus-like” spikes, and frequently wore a bright red jacket.

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