A San Diego-area man has been killed while riding his bike, the third bicycling fatality in Southern California this week.
According to the Union-Tribune, the 44-year old victim was struck by the driver of a pickup truck in Chula Vista around 10 pm last night.
The paper reports the collision occurred at Second Avenue and Palomar Street, where witnesses say the victim, who has not been publicly identified, went through the red light on southbound Second.
However, San Diego’s NBC-7 says he was traveling east on Palomar, which would mean the driver was on Second.
He suffered severe head and injuries, and died after being taken to a local hospital.
The 22-year old driver stayed at the scene; police don’t believe drugs or alcohol use was a factor.
The severity of the victim’s injuries, despite wearing a helmet, would suggest that the driver may have been traveling faster than that.
This is at least the 36th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 7th that I’m aware of in San Diego County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.