According to the Daily Pilot, a 42-year old cyclist was killed while riding in Irvine this afternoon.
The collision occurred around 1 pm Wednesday on northbound Shady Canyon Drive south of Quail Hill Parkway when the rider, who has not been publicly identified, was struck from behind by a Mercedes SUV.
The Orange County Register reports that two other cyclists were performing CPR when authorities arrived; the rider was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Not surprisingly, the unidentified 35-year old driver and her infant passenger were uninjured.
The collision is still under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sgt. Dennis Maisano at 949-724-7023.
This is the 7th cycling fatality in Orange County this year, and 47th confirmed traffic-related fatality in Southern California.
Thanks to David Huntsman for the tip.
Update: The Contra Costs Times identifies the victim as Duane Parkinson of Irvine, a detective with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; he leaves behind a wife and three children.
Update 2: According to the Contra Costa Times, a co-worker says Parkinson may have fallen in front of the SUV that killed him; the 15-year veteran is described as someone who was loved by everyone.
“People say `oh he was a great guy,’ about someone but Duane was that really, really great guy,” said Sgt. Phill Dupper who started his career with Parkison at the county jail. “Everybody loved him. He treated everybody the same, from grounds keeper to council members. He loved being a detective, always smiling.”