A heartbreaking week just keeps getting worse.
According to KABC-7, Riverside hit-and-run victim D’Andre Sutherland was taken off life support on Tuesday.
The 27-year old father of two was riding near the intersection of Magnolia Ave and Beechwood Place around 2 am Sunday when he was hit by an SUV driving north on Magnolia. The driver fled the scene, leaving Sutherland lying in the street with what police described as significant injuries.
He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he remained on life support for the next two days.
None of the stories describe how the collision happened; however, KTLA-5 reports he was riding in the number two lane. Since Beechwood is just a single lane in each direction, that means he had to have been riding on Magnolia, which suggests that he may have been the victim of a rear-end collision.
A ghost bike was installed in Sutherland’s honor on Wednesday. As Mark Friis, Executive Director of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance observed, there have been too damn many of them required in the Inland area this year.
Police are looking for a silver or beige SUV, similar to a Ford Flex, with major damage to the windshield and front end.
Anyone with information is urge to call Detective Felix Soria at 951/826-8720 or email FSoria@riversideca.gov.
This is the 59th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 11th in Riverside County, which compares with 12 for all of last year. Sutherland is also the 11th bicycling bike rider to lose his life in a hit-and-run since the first of the year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for D’Andre Sutherland and all his family.