Once again, a bike rider has been killed in a San Bernardino crash.
But this time, it was not an accident — in any sense of the word.
According to a press release from the San Bernardino Police Department, 52-year old San Bernardino resident Elroy Preston was riding on the 1400 block of E. Date Street around 6:27 pm Sunday when he was struck by a driver, who fled the scene.
Preston was taken to a local hospital, where he died later that night.
Witnesses reported he was struck by a black Dodge Magnum driven by 34-year old Dominic Deshaun Simmons of Fontana; the two men had been at the same home just before the crash.
Police spotted a vehicle matching the description at a gas station in Rialto, and arrested Simmons on suspicion of murder. He is currently being held without bail.
Simmons has an extensive criminal record, as well as several outstanding warrants for failing to appear for hearings on various charges.
Preston also had a record, though no details are available; no word on what the relationship was between the two men, if any.
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Oldendorf at 909/384-5619 or Sgt. Kokesh at 909/384-5613.
This is the 59th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 13th in San Bernardino County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Elroy Preston and all his loved ones.