Even in the midst of a pandemic, people continue to die on our streets, simply because they’re riding a bicycle.
The latest victim is a man in Redlands, who lost his life at the hands of an accused drunk and speeding driver.
According to the Redlands Daily Facts, the victim was riding his bike at Tennessee Street and San Bernardino Ave around 8 pm Thursday when he was run down by 34-year old Mentone resident Ricardo Angel Aguilar.
The victim was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, despite the efforts of an off-duty nurse who treated him at the scene.
At last report, investigators were still trying to identify him. However, they suspect he may have been a transient.
There’s no word on how the crash actually occurred, or if the victim had lights on his bike in the deepening darkness.
San Bernardino is a four lane roadway that narrows to two lanes with a 45 mph speed limit at Tennessee, while Tennessee is a two lane road with no posted speed limit; both have narrow painted shoulders.
Aguilar is being held on a quarter-million dollars bail on charges of suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
This is at least the 19th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.