Bike rider killed in early morning Perris collision on Friday the 13th

Note: Due to this death in Perris last week, and Monday’s fatality in El Cajon, there won’t be any Morning Links today. We’ll catch up on everything tomorrow.

Somehow, we missed this one last weekend.

According to the Riverside County News Source, a bike rider was killed in a pre-dawn collision in Perris Friday morning.

The victim, identified as 30-year old Perris resident Raul Sangerman Otiz, was attempting to cross Perris Blvd on or near the Ramona Expressway when he was stuck by the driver of a northbound vehicle around 5:45 am Friday.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries.

A street view shows northbound Perris Blvd has two through lanes, with a right turn bay and double left turn lanes; the southbound side has three through lanes with both left and right turn lanes.

There’s no word on which direction Otiz was traveling, or which party had the right-of-way. Either Otiz or the unidentified driver had to have gone through the red light, although it’s possible the light could have changed while he was crossing the wide intersection before he could get to the other side.

Police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.

This is at least the 25th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth that I’m aware of in Riverside County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Raul Sangerman Otiz and all his loved ones.



  1. JJD says:

    We lift up the family and friends of Mr. Ortiz in prayer.

  2. Your report on this rider’s death, as well as your report on the El Cajon death, is surely grim work. Grim, but without it the dead cyclists’ stories might not be told. Grim, but without it we wouldn’t be reminded to be ever vigilant and to keep working to make our streets safer.

    I’ll ride today and look over my shoulder and look both ways… twice. I’ll think of the fallen riders and their loved ones and how I might make a difference.

    Thank you for your efforts.

  3. Sergio says:

    I would like to second the words by JJD and Mike W.

    Thanks for your hard and sometimes grim work.

    Stay vigilant. Stay safe.

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