Every every traffic death is needless; every bicycling fatality is heartbreaking.
But some tug a little harder on the heartstrings.
Like yesterday’s collision that took the life of a 79-year old bike rider in Chino, at an age when he had more than earned to right to a far more peaceful end. And today, when a wreck in San Bernardino left parents grieving a son who will never come home.
According to the Press-Enterprise, a boy around seven or eight years old was hit by a pickup around 1:20 this afternoon. Initial reports indicated that he was rushed to a hospital after suffering major injuries, where he died sometime later.
The collision occurred at or near the offramp to the eastbound 210 Freeway at Del Rosa Avenue. Presumably, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding across the intersection when he was hit by the truck exiting the freeway; however, as too often happens with news reports from the county, no explanation is given for how or why the wreck happened.
The intersection is controlled by a traffic light, but authorities were unsure who had the right-of-way or if the victim was riding in the crosswalk. A satellite view shows a crosswalk connecting the sidewalk on either side of the off-ramp, which is where he was most likely riding.
He was reportedly riding with another boy, who apparently did not see the collision despite being positioned behind him.
Now a young boy will never grow up, and a family must somehow find a way to go on without him.
This is the 49th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year. and the 6th in San Bernardino County. And as noted above, the second cycling death in the county in the past two days.
And a fund has been established to help pay his burial expenses. A tragedy like this shouldn’t be allowed to break his family financially.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Tewon Woods and all his family and loved ones.