This month just keeps getting worse.
Somehow, we missed the news that an 87-year old man was killed while riding his bike in San Bernardino on Monday.
According to the San Bernardino Sun, the victim was critically injured while allegedly crossing an intersection against a red light at 4:16 Monday afternoon.
The victim, later identified as 87-year old San Bernardino resident Andres Moreno, was reportedly riding south on Crestview Avenue at Baseline Street when he was struck by an 80-year old driver heading west on Baseline.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died sometime later.
Reports indicate Moreno was riding through cross traffic when he was hit in the left lane on the four lane street; the driver claims he didn’t see him before the crash.
As always, the question is whether there were independent witnesses other than the driver who saw which direction had the right-of-way, or if there actually were other cars in the intersection.
It simply doesn’t make sense that an 87-year old man would blow a red light, especially with cross traffic flowing through the intersection, unless he was unable to stop for some reason.
But chances are, we’ll never know why this crash occurred, or if it really happened the way it’s been described.
Anyone with information is urged to call San Bernardino Police Detective Dan Costa or Sgt. Jeff Harvey at 909/384-5792.
This is at least the 77th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the eighth that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.
Moreno is also the ninth SoCal bike rider to be killed this month, and the second this week, both on Monday.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Andres Moreno and all his loved ones.