Rancho Cucamonga cyclist dies after being found injured on bike trail

Monday was not a good day for badly injured cyclists.

Just hours after Lihsiang Chang passed away in La Jolla on Monday, 51-year old Robert Snedacker of Rancho Cucamonga lost his life after being found laying next to his bike on a noted biking and hiking trail.

A passerby dialed 911 at 8:19 pm last Wednesday after finding Snedecker lying on the Pacific Crest Bike Trail with a head injury; he was pronounced dead just after 10 pm on Monday. No information is available on what caused his injury, and no word on where he was found on the trail or if he was wearing a helmet.

While it seems obvious that he fell while riding, it’s also possible that he could have hit his head on a low branch or other object while riding or suffered a medical condition that caused him to fall, or less likely, that he could have been the victim of violence.

This is the 25th cycling fatality in Southern California this year and the third in San Bernardino County, as well as the sixth solo cycling death since the first of the year. That compares with seven solo bike fatalities in all of 2011.

My prayers for Robert Snedacker and all his family and loved ones.


  1. Mike says:

    Article on the MTA blog — Can you park your car in a bike lane?
    ( http://thesource.metro.net/2012/06/20/can-you-park-your-car-in-a-bike-lane/#comments )

    Answer — if it’s front of the downtown police building and the car is blocking the bike lane and in front of red-painted curb and you’re a policeman — ” I can park there if I need to.”

    Apparently, the police park there all the time including overnight regardless of the observed danger to cyclists.

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  3. Joe says:

    I doubt it was from a low tree branch, the trail is very well maintained. One possibility is a rabbit may have run out in front of him, and he might have lost control trying to avoid it
    I have encountered many rabbits on evening rides who like to dart in front of you. Just a possibility. Also the trail is the Pacific Electric trail, not the Pacific crest trail.

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