A bad weekend just keeps getting worse, as a bike rider was killed in a solo fall in Palm Springs this morning.
According to Palm Springs Patch, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding on a bike path on the 3100 block of East Palm Canyon Drive around 8:38 am when he somehow lost control of his bike. He veered down an embankment, and landed head-first on the pavement at the bottom.
He was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center.
A satellite view shows a separated bike path on the east side of the street, with a drop off leading to the parking lot next to it.
No word on whether the victim was wearing a helmet. However, relatively slow speed falls, like this appears to be, are exactly what bike helmets are designed to protect against.
This is the fifth bicycling fatality this year; remarkably, it is already the third death in Riverside County — or four if you count Phil Richards, who died yesterday of injuries he suffered in a Calimesa hit-and-run December 29th.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.