Yet another innocent person has been murdered by a heartless coward in a motor vehicle.
Forty-four-year old Anaheim resident Daniella Palacios was apparently riding her bike across Magnolia Avenue just south of La Palma Ave around 9:10 pm Saturday, when she was struck by a vehicle whose driver ran away rather than stop and aid the victim or take responsibility for his actions. Palacios was found lying in the street by one of her nieces, just a few blocks from her home.
She was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where she died at 12:46 am.
According to the Orange County Register, witnesses reported seeing a white pickup in the area at the time of the collision. Police are looking for the driver, who reportedly fled north on Magnolia, although the truck does not yet appear to have been tied directly to the crash.
A street view shows a six lane street, with the wide lanes typical of Orange County that can encourage speeding, especially at off hours such as a Saturday night. In addition, there don’t appear to be any crosswalks or traffic signals until Crescent, several blocks south of La Palma.
According to KABC-7, Palacios often brought food to homeless people living in the area, after once being homeless herself.
Anyone with information is urged to call Anaheim Police Department at 714/765-1991.
As I have said before, the driver of this or any other fatal hit-and-run should face a murder charge, on the assumption that the victim might have survived if she’d gotten help on time.
And they should be banned from driving for the rest of their lives.
This is the 75th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 16th in Orange County, which compares to 12 for all of last year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Daniella Palacios and all her family.
Thanks to Erik Griswold for the heads-up.