Some collisions just don’t make sense.
According to KESQ.com, a 57-year old bike rider was killed in a collision after turning into traffic in Cathedral City Sunday morning.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding east on the north sidewalk at 69120 Ramon Road around 9:20 am. Police report he suddenly turned to his right and rode directly into the path of westbound traffic, where he was hit by a car.
He died after being taken to a regional medical center.
However, it’s hard to understand why the victim would have turned out into traffic when he should have been able to clearly see the cars coming.
The station implies that he may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s possible that he may have somehow thought he had more time to cross the street than he really did, particularly if the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed.
This is the 52nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fifth in Riverside County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.