Man lying in street next to bike killed in Redlands crash

Just in time for this year’s Ride of Silence, yet another person has died while riding or walking a bicycle, this time in Redlands.

According to the Redlands Daily Facts, a man was killed when he was struck by a driver while lying in the roadway next to a bicycle.

The 21-year old driver was returning home from work around 2:30 am Tuesday when she spotted the victim lying in the southbound lane of Orange Street north of Pioneer Avenue in Redlands, but was unable to swerve in time to avoid him.

The victim, publicly identified only as a 31-year old transient, was declared dead at the site.

The driver remained at the scene, and was not suspected of being under the influence.

There’s no word on why the victim was in the street, or if he had been riding or walking his bike.

It’s possible that he may have fallen off his bicycle for some reason, or he could have been the victim of a prior hit-and-run.

The speed limit on that section of Orange was either 40 mph or 45 mph, depending on which side of Pioneer the crash was on despite being in a residential neighborhood.

Either way, an impact at those speeds is unlikely to be survivable.

This is at least the 28th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.

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Because of tonight’s breaking news stories, there will be no Morning Links today. We’ll be back tomorrow to catch up on anything we’ve missed.

If you’d like to remember the victims of this week’s crashes, or any of the other bike riders so needlessly lost to traffic violence over the past year, there will be Rides of Silence in Redding, Fullerton and Orange, as well as in Los Angeles and at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and throughout Southern California.

 

 

11 comments

  1. JJD says:

    Our prayers go up for the family and friends of the victim.

    • cari says:

      Thanks for your prayers. This was my son and yours is the only story with an objective perspective. Thanks for the kind words expressed by this comment.

      • Roxane Hequibal says:

        Im so sorry for your loss. Happened to know him . It just breaks my heart! He was such a nice kid ❤️

  2. GS says:

    Do you even read the crap you write?
    “Man lying in street next to bike killed in Redlands crash
    Posted by bikinginla
    Just in time for this year’s Ride of Silence, yet another person has died while riding or walking a bicycle, this time in Redlands.”

    A man lying in the street does not constitute being on time for the Ride of Silence or dying while riding or walking a bicycle. Let me sort it out for you, he was lying in the frigging road and got ran over.

    According to the Redlands Daily Facts, a man was killed when he was struck by a driver while lying in the roadway next to a bicycle.

    • bikinginla says:

      And your point is? He had a bicycle with him, which makes it logical to assume that he was either riding or walking it. If that’s not good enough for you, that’s fine. But as far as I’m concerned, that makes him one of us. And even if he never touched a bike, his death is no less tragic than any other.

    • fredy sanchez says:

      Hey, Brian was ridding his bike to the spot where he lived. Some lowlife hit him and kept going. The driver that stayed at the scene just ran over his dead body. Brian was super educated and was as sharp as a razor. He WOULD NOT be lying in the street for any reason. We would make songs together. He would rapp and I made the music. Brian is gone because he has already mastered kindness and shut evil out of his life. So he was done on this plane and has advanced to the next one up. I know hes looking at us wondering when our dumb asses are going to get it right.

      • Deidra says:

        I’m so sorry Fredy for the loss of your friend. Thank you for sharing what happened to him.
        I wish people would be more careful driving past a biker. My son was bumped three times riding his bike, and gave it up. He said it was only a matter of time that he would be seriously injured.

      • Cari says:

        Thanks Fredy. That driver had front end damage to the bumper and the headlights were missing. Someone was not telling the truth. Brian was not lying on the street until after he was hit. The bike was unharmed but somehow lying beside him and there was no evidence that he was run over, just hit head on which means that he was not lying on the road when hit. After he was hit the bike was placed beside him after he was thrown 15 feet into the air. How does he end up with a pristine, not injured bike just lying beside him unless it was placed there after he flew into the air and hit the ground?

        • bikinginla says:

          From what you describe, it sounds like he might have been struck with the wing mirror of a truck, which could result in a head injury without injuring any other part of the body, and would likely throw him some distance without damaging the bike. Depending on the exact circumstances, the bicycle may or may not go with him. Sadly, it’s a pretty common kind of crash.

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