Sadly, sparsely populated Imperial County’s three year record of no bicycling fatalities ended on Friday.
According to KXO radio, 69-year old Irineo Martinez Martinez was hit by a semi-truck as it was making a right turn while he was trying to cross the road at Cole and Rockwood in Calexico around 8:30 pm Friday.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information is available.
A street view shows a major intersection with at least two lanes in every direction, along with multiple turn lanes; no word on which direction Martinez was traveling, or where the truck was turning.
This is the fourth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the first in Imperial County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Irineo Martinez Martinez and all his family.