Yet another Southern California bike rider has died at the hands of a cowardly hit-and-run driver.
According to the Desert Sun, a man was hit by a car while riding his bicycle around 10 am Saturday morning on Ramon Road between Crossley Road and Landau Boulevard in Cathedral City.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, died of his injuries at a local hospital.
The driver continued without stopping; police believe the suspect is driving a green Jeep Cherokee with possible damage to the passenger side.
A street view shows a four lane highway with a center turn lane, and a 45 mph speed limit; however, the design of the road would appear to encourage higher speeds.
Anyone with information is urged to call Cathedral City Police at 760/770-0303.
This is the 43rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third in Riverside County. It’s also the third fatal bike crash in Cathedral City in the last nine months.
Update: Cathedral City police detained, but have not yet arrested, a suspect in the crash, acting on a tip from a local resident.
The victim, who has still not been publicly identified, was riding west on Ramon when he was run down just west of Landou.
Update 2: The victim has been identified as 60-year old Cathedral City resident Clay Charles Triolo. Prosecutors are still reviewing the case to determine if charges will be filed.
Although considering the driver fled the scene before eventually turning himself in, felony hit-and-run should be a given.
My deepest sympathy for Clay Charles Triolo and his loved ones.