Apparently, you’re never too young to take a life while driving under the influence.
The Ventura County Star reports a bike rider was killed in an Oxnard hit-and-run Friday morning, and the 17-year old driver taken into custody minutes later.
Forty-two-year old Oxnard resident Gregory Dominguez was riding near the intersection of Lakehurst Street and Janetwood Drive a little after 7 am Friday when he was struck by an SUV.
The driver continued down Lakehurst, knocking down numerous mailboxes before crossing the road, and crashing into a magnolia tree with enough force to knock it down.
The driver, who has not been publicly identified, then fled the scene on foot, but was arrested nearby. Police say drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
Dominguez was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The Star reports local residents have tried in vain to get city officials to do something about speeding drivers on what should be a quiet, residential street.
Evidently, they need to do something about teenage drivers who are drunk or stoned at seven in the morning, as well.
This is the 45th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth in Ventura County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Gregory Dominguez and all his loved ones.