More bad news today.
According to My News LA, a bike rider was killed in a collision with a motorcyclist in Riverside Monday night.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was attempting to cross Magnolia Ave just east of Jackson Street around 10:25 pm when he allegedly rode directly out in front of a man riding west on a Harley.
He was killed instantly.
The motorcyclist and his passenger were taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.
A police sergeant appeared to blame the crash on a lack of crosswalks in the area. Yet a street view clearly shows the intersection of Magnolia and Jackson controlled by a traffic signal, with a crosswalk in every direction, suggesting the crash may have been significantly east of Jackson.
Magnolia is a four lane divided street in a residential neighborhood, with bike lanes and a wide planted median, and a 40 mph speed limit.
The question is why the victim would ride out in front of such a loud motorcycle, even if he or she didn’t see it.
It’s possible they were under the influence or distracted in some way, or that the 54-year old motorcyclist may have been traveling at a high rate of speed.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Riverside Police Department’s Traffic Bureau at 951/826-8720.
This is at least the 29th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the sixth that I’m aware of in Riverside County.
It’s also the fourth bicycling death in the county in the past 30 days.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his or her loved ones.