Update: Riverside bike rider killed in collision, driver suspected of drug use

It’s happened again.

A bike rider in Riverside has been killed in a collision with a driver suspected of being under the influence of prescription drugs.

According to the Press-Enterprise, a cyclist was riding west on California Avenue at Van Buren Blvd when he was hit by a 2014 Nissan Versa headed north on Van Buren around 5:40 this morning.

The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He has been identified only as a 61-year old Riverside resident pending notification of next of kin.

The collision is still under investigation; however, the 52-year old driver was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence.

Anyone with information is urged to call Riverside Det. Ken Madsen at 951/826-8723.

This is the 74 bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 12th in Riverside County this year; that compares with 12 in the county for all of last year. It’s also the fourth bicycling death in the city of Riverside since the first of the year.

Update: The Press-Enterprise has identified the victim as Riverside resident Ronald Williams.

Update 2: According to the Press-Enterprise, 52-year old Gail Wilkins of Jurupa Valley was cited for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and released, after originally being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. 

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Ronald Williams and his loved ones.

Thanks to Mark Friis and Carlos Morales for the link.

4 comments

  1. billdsd says:

    Sigh. A DUI kills a BUI. Not good. I would like to know how it happened and if BUI actually played a role in causing the collision to happen. It sounds like one or the other ran a red light. If so, I’d like to know which one.

    I’ve seen studies that had as much as 1/3 of bicyclist fatalities involving the bicyclist being under the influence. We need our full faculties when riding.

    • bikinginla says:

      I may have given the wrong impression through a clumsily worded introduction. There is no suspicion that the victim was under the influence, just the driver.

      I’ve reworked the first sentence slightly to make that clearer.

      • billdsd says:

        Ah. OK. Thanks for noting it in the comments. Otherwise, my comment seems crazy.

        It still looks like someone ran a red light. It would most likely seem to be the DUI driver but it’s not guaranteed to be.

  2. JD says:

    We offer our prayers for the family and friends of the victim.

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