Bike rider dies after he’s disconnected from life support; victim fell on club ride at Santa Fe Dam last weekend

Even when the news is expected, it’s no less tragic.

Or heartbreaking.

On Wednesday, we reported that a man had suffered life-threatening injuries after hitting a curb while riding at Santa Fe Dam last weekend.

Sadly, I was told today that he passed away after he was disconnected from a ventilator Thursday morning.

Don Hernandez was on a club ride from the Rose Bowl to Duarte on Saturday morning when the group passed through a parking lot at Santa Fe Dam. Hernandez somehow hit a parking curb and went over his handlebars, landing on his face.

Even though he was riding at slow speed, he suffered a number of severe injuries, including a fractured skull and breaks to his neck and spine.

And yes, he was wearing a helmet, but it offered little protection the way he landed.

He was placed in a medically induced coma; however, a neurologist found no brain activity just days after his fall, making this ending virtually inevitable.

The only good to come out of this is that Hernandez was an organ donor, so his death will bring life to others.

Another reminder to sign your donor card.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, May 6th at 4:00 pm at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, located at 626 Foothill Blvd in La Cañada Flintridge.

This is at least the 24th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the tenth that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

Correction: I originally placed the site of Hernandez’ cash in the parking lot at Hanson Dam; as the story now reads, it was actually at Santa Fe Dam. I apologize for any confusion.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Don Hernandez and all his family and loved ones.


  1. Just a reminder, we cyclists tend to have extra-healthy organs because we get regular exercise, and some organs, like the liver can be divided to help multiple victims. Be sure to sign that donor card.

  2. JJD says:

    Our prayers go up for the family and friends of Mr. Hernandez.

  3. Donna says:

    He was my brother, thank you for a well written article.

    • Barb says:

      Donna- my heart felt sympathies to you, your family and Don’s family. I only recently worked with Don and I found him to be not only a terrific lawyer but an even more wonderful person. I

    • bikinginla says:

      You’re very welcome. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  4. Sherri Iverson says:

    I’m so sorry for the monumental loss of Don. He was very kind. Peace to your family.
    Sherri Iverson
    Park Hill alumnus
    Kc Mo

  5. Diane says:

    Don was my brother too and I live in Dallas, TX. I cannot express enough for the article but also the kind words about Don. Additionally if anyone is a cyclist, I think bike safety and the constant awareness of your surroundings needs to be priority when riding with friends and ride groups. Particularly during rides not mapped or planned out ahead of time.
    I can only hope this article along with others express concerns for greater bicycle safety within the cycling community.

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