Once again, a bike rider has been left to die street by a heartless coward.
According to the Redlands Daily Facts, a 55-year old San Bernardino man was riding a motorized bicycle south on Alabama Street north of Pioneer Street in Redlands when he was rear-ended by the driver of a Subaru Impreza around 10:30 pm.
That driver fled the scene, leaving the victim lying in the street, where he was struck by a second driver a few minutes later.
The second driver had the decency to remain at the scene.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at Loma Linda University Medical Center a short time later.
No one will ever know if the victim, who has not been publicly identified, could have survived if the first driver had called for help and stayed at the scene to prevent the second crash.
The 20-year old driver turned himself in to police two hours later.
Which would have given him plenty of time to clear out his text messaging history or hide any other possible evidence of distraction or drug or alcohol use.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Redlands Police Department at 909-798-7681 ext. 1.
This is the 32nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the seventh in San Bernardino County. And it’s just the second bicycling death in Redlands in the last five years.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.