Bicyclist killed in Palmdale after running red light, struck by two cars

A bad month has gotten worse, as a bike rider was killed in Palmdale Monday morning.

According to the Antelope Valley Times, 39-year old Lancaster resident Amin Hopkins was riding south on Country Club Drive at 6:50 am yesterday when he allegedly rode his bike through the red light at Rancho Vista Blvd.

He made it across the westbound lanes, but was struck by a car in the left lane of the eastbound side and was knocked into the right lane, where he was struck by a second car as he was sprawled in the street.

Both drivers stopped after colliding with Hopkins. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A street view shows a two lane divided residential street on Country Club, with three lanes in each direction on Rancho Vista.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Palmdale Sheriff Station’s Traffic Department at 661/272-2400

This is the 59th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 24th in Los Angeles County. It’s also the fifth fatal SoCal bike crash in the last 13 days.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Amin Hopkins and his loved ones. 

Thanks to Michele Chavez for the heads-up.


  1. JD says:

    We offer up our prayers for the family and friends of Mr. Hopkins.

  2. Valerie says:

    I was reading traffic stops, called traps or checkpoints….enormous numbers of people are caught with no license to drive. Maybe they should take their whole car away not just a license.

    It’s also shameful to build roads without bicycle lanes on every one of them. Even with bicycle lanes they start and stop and there are chopped off areas where they just leave the cyclists to hop on and off curbs and make it hard to press the walker’s light.

    People driving need to be profiled for patience issues because driving is a privilege and requires patience but they rat race and fight and sail like they think they should fly about in a dream.

    • Robert Cooper says:

      Valerie, Please do some research on bike lanes. You might find that they do not do what you think they do.

  3. Valerie says:

    I’ve seen some high end cars all crashed up. People buy cars and think they own the roads and are better drivers and sail about like nobody is sharing with them…..

    People need to know, that they will sell you fantastic looking cars and motorhomes, with no place to use it’s driving and living benefits like they thought there would be.

  4. Maria Acosta says:

    My son used to ride a bike to work, no less than a mile away and he had almost been hit several times. He finally was able to save up enough money to buy his first car, plus me helping him with an added amount. People drive way too fast around here and then ride at the worst times, like when the sun is in the eyes of drivers and makes it hard to see.

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