SoCal streets are getting more dangerous as our cities reopen from their Covid-19 slumber.
The latest example comes from San Diego, where a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike in the city’s Rolando neighborhood Tuesday evening.
According to the Union-Tribune, the victim was riding west on the sidewalk near the Salvation Army Kroc Center on University Ave around 7:05 Tuesday evening, when he allegedly turned in front a westbound driver at University and Alamo Drive.
The driver then got out of his car and moved the victim back into the street, before fleeing the scene. Although why he moved him, and from where, is unclear.
It’s also not clear why the victim would have turned in front of the driver’s car when Alamo exits to the right off westbound University, rather than the left.
The victim died after being taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest; he’s described only as a man who appears to be in his late 40s.
Police eventually found the suspect’s car abandoned a little over a mile away, at El Cajon Boulevard and 68th Street.
Hopefully we’ll learn more soon to help clear up the apparent discrepancies.
This is at least the 22nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fifth that I’m aware of in San Diego County.
Update: Police arrested a 30-year old man later the same night, alleging he was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.