Yet another SoCal bike rider has lost his life to a hit-and-run driver.
Reports indicated he was headed south on the narrow street with a group of other riders when he was hit head-on by the driver of a dark colored Toyota sedan, who continued without stopping.
The victim, identified only as a 36-year old Vista resident, died at the scene before rescuers could arrive.
They note the victim was wearing a helmet; clearly, it was not enough to save his life.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Union-Tribune absurdly reports that police don’t know if the driver was under the influence. Which is probably true, considering they don’t even know who was behind the wheel.
Anyone with information is urged to call Officer Adan Martinez of the Escondido Police Department at 760/839-4465.
This is at least the 68th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year; remarkably, it appears to be just the third in San Diego County.
It’s also the 23rd fatal hit-and-run I’m aware of involving a bike rider since the first of this year.
Update: The victim has been identified as 36-year old Vista resident Kevin Lentz; the former mountain bike racer leaves behind his wife and one-year old son.
The driver reportedly was traveling at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road, after rounding a blind curve.
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My deepest sympathy and prayers for Kevin Lentz and his family and loved ones.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.