More bad news today.
According to KESQ-3, a man was killed in a collision while riding his bike in Rancho Mirage this morning.
The victim, identified only as an adult man, was struck near the intersection of Bob Hope Drive and Ginger Rodgers at 10:13 am.
He died at the scene.
The driver stopped after the crash, and was cooperating with investigators. Police do not think drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
The Desert Sun reports the crash occurred on a relatively desolate stretch of northbound Bob Hope Drive. The victim was found several feet from his bike, with a heavily damaged utility truck stopped nearby.
A street view shows two wide, straight traffic lanes in each direction on Bob Hope, with a 50 mph speed limit, and an unprotected gutter bike lane on each side.
According to KMIR-TV, the driver may have drifted into the bike lane.
This is at least the 14th bicycling fatality in Southern California, and the second in Riverside County.
Update: The victim has been identified as 74-year old Victoria, British Colombia, resident Peter Harvey.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Peter Harvey and his loved ones.
Thanks to Victor Bale for the heads-up.