Bicyclist Lester Legarda killed on Canada Road

UPDATE, April 12 — The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office yesterday identified the man who was hit and killed while riding his bike on Canada Road near Fioli Historic House and Gardens.

The crash on April 10 killed cyclist Lester Legarda, 37, of South San Francisco.

Legarda’s social media profiles show that he was an avid athlete, participating in cycling, skateboarding and golf. Legarda had logged riding the very stretch of Canada Road 69 times, according to the online running and biking route tracker Strava.

Officers responded to the area of Canada and Edgewood roads around 5 p.m. Monday on a report of a crash between a bike and a car. An Acura being driven by a 22-year-old Redwood City man had struck Legarda from behind, according to the CHP. Both were going northbound on Canada Road. Legarda was announced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution, the CHP said.

The CHP asks anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the Redwood City Area Office at (650) 779-2700.

ORIGINAL REPORT, APRIL 11 — A bicyclist was struck and killed while riding a bike on Canada Road near Filoli Historic House and Garden, located west of Redwood City in an unincorporated area., according to the CHP.

A northbound Acura driven by a 22-year-old Redwood City man struck from behind a 37-year-old man riding a bike at about 5 p.m. Monday (April 10), the CHP said.

The man riding the bike, a South San Francisco resident, suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

The CHP urges anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the Redwood City Area Office at (650) 779-2700. — Bay City News


  1. How do we know it’s the driver’s fault? What facts in the story establish the driver’s guilt? How far was the bicyclist from the edge of the road? Did the bicyclist dart in front of the car, as they often do? I’ll wait to assign blame until the facts are available.

    • If you have ever been on Canada road you would know its the drivers fault almost without question… its an incredibly wide straight road with only like 2 kinda maybe blind-ish spots.. its a well known road for going extremely fast. I will say too many new cyclists get onto the wrong roads thinking they can casually cruise and dont know how to maneuver.

      • Wow! If I ever get into trouble, I sure don’t want you on my jury. You are making up your mind without knowing the facts.

  2. I rode by this spot about a half hour before the accident. There was a mud slide in the bike lane. I’m guessing the bicyclist swerved out of the bike lane to avoid the slide and got struck by the car. I can only guess that’s what happened no facts

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