62-year old bike rider killed in early morning Perris hit-and-run

Yet another bike rider has been murdered by a careless and cowardly driver.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise is reporting that 62-year old Steven Marsh was killed by a hit-and-run driver at Navajo Road and Highway 74 in Perris at 3:30 Monday morning.

According to the paper, Marsh attempting to make a left turn from Navajo onto Highway 74 when a westbound car went through the red light and struck his bicycle; he died at the scene.

The driver sped off without stopping. The suspect vehicle is described only as a dark sedan with possible front-end damage to passenger side and windshield.

Navajo Road ends at Highway 74 with a double left turn lane controlled by a red light, while Highway 74 has two lanes in each direction with a painted center divider. The road has a 45 mph speed limit, but its straight-open design could encourage higher speeds, especially at that hour.

This is the 64th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the tenth in Riverside County; that compares with ten in the county for all of last year. Marsh is also the fifth bike rider to be killed in Perris in just the last three years.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Steven Marsh and all his loved ones. 

7 comments

  1. JD says:

    We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of Mr. Marsh.

  2. Ralph says:

    If the driver is found, mandatory jail until trial. Proven flight risk….

  3. Kat says:

    Steven was my Brother in Law. He was out at that hour because the bike rack on the bus filled up and if he went out early he was insured to get his bike on. Steven was living with minimal income, infact homeless for sometime… he knew what it was like to be WITHOUT so he would help other homeless people with donations of food by certain restaurants in Riverside. He would collect stray animals as well and feed the nurse them back to health. He was out that day on his way to do that. The person who did this I realize may have been scared and shocked by what they did, and ran. But please if you can find it in your heart to turn yourself in… don’t live with the heavy burden you carry now. And btw he didn’t die at the scene, he died at the hospital. He was revived several times there by the staff. Maybe if you had stopped, maybe he could have lived. PLEASE if anyone knows anything please call the Perris police. Thank you.

    • bikinginla says:

      Kat, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and all your family. Steven sounds like a good man who suffered hard times, and deserved far better than this.

  4. Michael says:

    Steve was my friend and will be truly missed.

  5. Douglas says:

    Steve Marsh is my uncle. He was always my crazy uncle who lived life the way he wanted to live. He will be deeply missed.

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