Oct. 30, 2012
Monica Lara, OVN correspondent
An Ojai man died in a traffic collision while bicycling to Ventura Friday.
Phillip “Russ” Vivian, 61, was cycling when he collided with a Ford utility truck near Foster Park and Highway 33. The accident occurred at 8:50 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Ana Road and Casitas Vista Road. Vivian was cycling south on Santa Ana Road and the truck driver was headed west on Casitas Vista Road, when the two collided.
There is a stop sign on Santa Ana Road, but not one for traffic travelling on Casitas Vista Road.
“The officer at the scene reported he (Vivian) did not stop at the stop sign when the collision happened,” said Steve Reid, California Highway Patrol public information officer.
Vivian was reportedly wearing a helmet and other safety gear.
He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident is still under investigation, according to Reid.
Vivian was an Ojai resident for 16 years. A local businessman, Vivian owned Ojai Stitchworks, on Bryant Circle, for 15 years. The company specializes in clothing manufacturing, such as embroidery and screen-printing. In 2006, he acquired and ran Celtic Fashions, an Irish and Scottish clothing design company.
Bicycling was among the several hobbies he enjoyed with his wife, Sally O’Dell.
Services will be held for Vivian at the Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 N. Foothill Road, Nov. 4. at 3 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2012