A man has been killed in a Beaumont crash, and an alleged drunk driver is behind bars.
And probably will be for a very long time.
According to the Beaumont-Banning Patch, 60-year old Banning resident Dale Ramquist was riding on Oak Valley Parkway near Palmer Avenue around 5:50 pm Sunday when he was run down from behind.
The driver of the pickup reportedly drifted into the bike lane Ramquist was riding in due to his level of intoxication. He fled the scene, then returned an hour and a half later.
Police arrested 25-year old Beaumont resident Kyle Lee Anson on suspicion of felony murder, hit-and-run and driving under the influence.
The murder count suggests that he has a previous DUI, and had received a Watson warning stating that he could be charged with murder if he killed someone while driving under the influence.
And yes, Ramquist was wearing a helmet, and had lights on his road bike.
Anyone with information is urged to contact CHP Officer Darren Meyer at 951/769-2000.
This is at least the 47th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fifth that I’m aware of in Riverside County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Dale Ramquist and his loved ones.
Thanks to Marven Norman for the heads-up.