Somewhat judgmental, IMHO, assuming the cyclist wasn't wearing his helmet as the accident began.
Helmets sometimes become separated from their wearers as a result of impact; I'd hesitate concluding the victim helmetless without additional evidence.
I think California has a mandatory helmet law.
Certainly helmets reduce the severity of head injuries when worn; however--some accidents aren't survivable, regardless of protective gear.
Self-righteous outrage at presumed reckless behavior (riding without protective headgear) without supporting evidence doesn't seem useful, to me.
Fully-protected motorcycle policeman with flashing lights and siren, crossing an intersection with a green traffic light in his favor was killed locally, yesterday; car made left-turn into his path.
For what it's worth: If your comments were directed to my post, you'd have to go back and read where I stated "With the helmet separated from the rider, it makes me wonder if the rider was wearing the helmet..." IF
the rider was wearing the helmet...
At no point did I say that the rider was
riding without his helmet.
I then went on to state that there have been numerous occasions where I've watched riders pass me with their helmets on their backrests, etc.
Hell, I've even had a guy riding by with his young daughter (probably 10 yrs old or less) hanging on behind daddy wearing her helmet, while daddy's helmet was hanging on the helmet lock.
I'm well aware that there are instances where helmets come off during accidents, or that there are accidents that aren't survivable.
My apologies for not being more clear in my initial post. It wasn't my intent to be judgmental toward the unfortunate rider who lost his life in the wreck described above.