One lousy paragraph.
Evidently, that’s all the life of a Fontana cyclist is worth, as the Claremont Courier reports a bike rider was killed on Mt. Baldy Road last Saturday.
According to the paper, the 59-year old victim was riding south on Mt. Baldy Road near Evey Canyon around 7 am on Saturday, June 14th, when a 77-year old driver attempted to pass him. She hit him with the passenger side mirror of her SUV, knocking him to the ground with great force.
He died after being airlifted to USC Medical Center with severe head trauma. The paper notes that he suffered the injuries despite wearing a helmet, which suggests a significant impact.
No other information is available at this time, including the names of the victim and driver.
The collision is still under investigation. However, even without the new three-foot passing law going into effect until September, this would appear to be a clear case of unsafe passing at the very least.
This is the 46th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 19th in Los Angeles County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Carlos Vasquez and his loved ones.
Thanks to Erik Griswold for the heads-up.