Update: Charges coming in street-racing death of Jorge Alvarado

Bahati rider Jorge Alvarado, from the VeloNews forum

Following up on last night’s post, Dj Wheels forwards news that charges will be filed against Patrick Roraff, the 18-year old driver accused of killing pro cyclist Jorge Alvarado while street racing near San Bernardino.

According to a story in the Press-Enterprise, San Bernardino County Deputy D.A. Dan Detienne made the announcement at the Temecula Ride of Silence, which tuned into a de facto memorial for Alvarado. The ride was joined by Alvarado’s brother Louis, who rode in honor of Jorge.

“I just want to say thanks to everyone,” he said.

He then turned away from the group and bowed his head over the handlebars of his bike, no longer able to hold back tears.

The story reports that Roraff was driving on the wrong side of the road at over 70 mph when he lost control of his Honda Accord and plowed into Alvardo, who died at the scene.

Cyclists throughout the U.S. and Mexico will be watching closely to ensure that the charges reflect just how tragic, serious and needless this crime was.


  1. Glad to hear it. I hope they are criminal charges and a good slate of jail time is included. A complete disregard for other people’s safety, in my mind, is intent to kill.

  2. Opus the Poet says:

    Funny how they failed to mention that fact in the articles I read about that RoS.

    • bikinginla says:

      Yeah, I don’t know why there wasn’t more discussion of this, or why it didn’t show up in the news feeds. I wouldn’t have found out about it if Dj Wheels hadn’t contacted the reporter directly.

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