Joshua Ryan West

Josh and his daughter Briana

28-year-old Joshua Ryan West, a father on his way to physical therapy, was fatally hit by a car in Los Gatos at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Monday February 1, 2010.

The driver of a Chevrolet Blazer hit West on his bicycle as they were both traveling east on Lark Avenue, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Kerry Harris said. Officers responded, but West was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Crash

Sgt. Kerry Harris said it appears Derr was speeding east on Lark Avenue in his 1990 Chevy Blazer at the time of the accident. Witnesses reported seeing the sport utility vehicle veer into the right-turn lane, apparently in an attempt to bypass stopped traffic, Harris said. “The witnesses were unanimous in their perception that he was traveling very fast,” he said. He lost control and drove up onto the sidewalk, striking West on his bicycle. The SUV then continued east through the intersection, struck the base of a traffic light and rolled onto its side, police said. West was pronounced dead at the scene. Derr was also injured and was taken to Valley Medical Center.

Harris said West was found next to the car, and it is possible he may have been either carried across the intersection by the car or thrown by the impact of the Blazer.


Police arrested the driver of the Chevrolet Blazer that struck and killed West. San Jose resident Kevin Derr, 50, faces charges of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death.


Harris called the tragedy a “horrible, horrible situation,” especially given the young age of West’s daughter. There was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. However, Harris said, “We are judging it to be grossly negligent driving.” “The fact that he was going that fast in those traffic conditions and that close to the corner, where it was clear he wasn’t going to make the turn” contributed to the decision to arrest him, Harris said.

West was a single father. He had just dropped his daughter off at school prior to the crash and was going to a doctor appointment

An account has been set up for West’s daughter at Wells Fargo, just donate to “The Joshua West Memorial Fund.” You can also email the joshuawestfund(at)gmail(dot)com and donate through

Article from: The Injury Board

Location of crash


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