Driver Arrested in Death of Los Gatos Cyclist

josh_and_brianna.jpgClick to enlarge. Joshua West and his daughter Briana. Photo: Ashley Cushman

The driver of a Chevrolet Blazer who struck and killed a 28-year-old cyclist in Los Gatos has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Kevin Darr of San Jose, the 50-year-old driver, was arrested and admitted to the custody ward of Valley Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Mercury News.

A memorial fund has been set up to aid the daughter of Joshua West, the victim. West was raising his seven-year-old daughter, Briana, alone, according to family friends.

"They were like two peas in a pod, she loved him so much," Carolyn Campbell, his grandmother, told the Mercury News. "She was his world, anything she needed and wanted, that’s all he lived for."

West lived car-free in Los Gatos. After walking his daughter to school yesterday morning, he set out on his bike to attend physical therapy class, when Darr veered onto the sidewalk where West was riding on Lark Avenue and fatally struck him.

A memorial fund has been set up that will aid West’s daughter. The account has been registered under the name "Joshua West Memorial Fund" at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions can also be made via PayPal. All funds will go to his daughter.

"She would be the first in her family to be able to go to college," said Ashley Cushman, a family friend. "Nothing more would I want than for her to be able to be successful after this tragic event."

  • I hate to be so cynical about this, but I declined to report the PayPal fund because it hasn’t been verified — have you verified the fund will go for West’s daughter?

  • mcas

    Such a sad, sad story. And no matter how hard they throw the book at this driver, this girl will never have a father. Horrible. …and yet the SFGate commenters still don’t seem to care about that. Ugh.

  • Romulus

    There’s never enough time to do it right but there’s always enough time to do it over?

  • little96girl

    Thats my cousin that died it is so sad to me that he died he was so nice and loving he would not hurt any one

  • chad swanson

    JOSH WAS A GREAT GUY AND DAD IS ALL I HAVE HEARD FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY…….HIS 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WILL BENEFIT FROM ANY AND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS

    JOSHUA WEST MEMORIAL FUND (FOR BRIANNA) AT WELLS FARGO BANK IN LOS GATOS, CA.

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY

  • soylatte

    This is completely tragic. I am so sorry.

    I am also so mad. But this is not the place for that.

    Too hard on the brakes again
    What if these brakes just give in?
    What if they don’t get out of the way?
    What if there’s someone overtaking?
    I’m going out for a little drive
    And it could be the last time you see me alive
    There could be an idiot out on the road
    The only kick in life is pumping his steel

    Wrap me up in the back of the trunk
    Packed with foam and blind drunk
    They won’t ever take me alive
    ‘Cause they all drive… killer cars.

  • It’s important to remember the emotional toll of a pedestrian or bike fatality.. the most vulnerable mode of transportation.

    Briana… pulling for you and praying for you. One day, perhaps you’ll consider transportation planning and become an advocate for better streets.

  • This story makes me sad. Really sad. Especially because these sorts of deaths are so easily preventable. Although nothing can ever replace a father, I hope that Briana gets the support that she needs.

  • chad swanson

    THE DRIVER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER…..MAY HE ROT IN THE CALIFORNIA PRISON SYSTEM!!!!!!

  • AshleY cushman

    Also you can donate to wells Fargo “Joshua West Memorial fund” please open your hearts for this little girl

  • Jeremy

    Living car-free in San Francisco is commendable. Living car-free in suburban Los Gatos while raising a daughter as a single parent is a whole other category of commitment. What a loss.

  • robert hampel

    Josh was the big big brother I always wanted and my best friend and my neice briana’s father he was a great dad and I will think of him all my life, we will all miss him. I will be a great role model for my neice in memory of her dad and my best friend. R.I.p.

  • Anne Masson

    Josh was a great guy who always had a smile and a warm personality. I didn’t know him long, but he and I always laughed through the hard stuff. My prayers are with his daughter, friends and family and I always remember him with true fondness. We met at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center and I know he was trying his best to improve his life for himself and his daughter. God Bless.

  • Omri

    In Ireland they had an ad campaign a while back titled “The faster you go, the bigger the mess.”

    This is what we need.

  • Lynn Matuzek

    Josh will surley be missed. He was a loyal and caring friend. He had a good heart. Hopefully this will open people’s eyes to reckless and senseless driving.

  • MarcieS

    What senseless tragedy. These huge vehicles speeding around make it difficult for those who are striving for a lower impact lifestyle. How awful for this victim and his family. I wish Briana the embrace of her family, friends and community, and that, as time goes on, she may thrive in the face of this adversity.

  • Jbond009 5

    Hey bro I miss you

    -Mann

  • Briana

    Well my father is a great person and, he would not harm a fly. He was the person to help people when they needed help…. I love him so much that if I had to be their to, STOP Kevin Derr from killing my dad I would. This is too all the ones who love my dad. And I will never stop loving him.. 🙂

    By Briana may west…

  • Briana

    In miss my dad really so…….

  • Briana may west

    Daddy, my birthday was 2 weeks ago.. U missed it… But u did not miss it in my heart. Dad u you r the best. Ever! When you died a lot of people have been out of my life .. But u r always in my life. All I have is my baby brother Blake. And gramma Janice and u daddy I love u a lot….

    Lots of love… Briana West :))

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