Hit-and-run driver arrested after man killed in Huntington Beach; second OC bike death in three days

Not again.

Another bike rider has died on the streets of Orange County. And another driver has fled the scene.

But at least this time, the driver was arrested.

According to the Daily Pilot, a man was riding his bike near the corner of Beach Blvd and Sunrise Drive when he was stuck by a driver around 12:25 am last night.

The victim, who hasn’t been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was later found by police and booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. No identification was provided on the suspect, either.

Unfortunately, no other information is available at this time, including how or where the crash occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to contact traffic investigator Doug Demetre at (714) 536-5670.

This is at least the 32nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the ninth that I’m aware of in Orange County.

It’s also the second bicycling death in the county in just the past three days, and the fifth SoCal bike rider killed in the last week.

Update: Three years later, we’ve finally learned the identity of the victim. His sister has named him as Sandor Czene.

My deepest sympathy and prayer for Sandor Czene and all his loved ones.


  1. JJD says:

    We lift up the family and friends of the victim in our prayers.

  2. Dani Mac says:

    Prayers to the victim and family ❤️
    What can be done about all these bicycle deaths on Beach Blvd,
    That is where my son was killed also. This is so sad
    Prayers to the family ❤️

  3. GC says:

    Thank you for your sympathy. This was our beloved family member.

    • Dani Nac says:

      In so sorry
      My son was killed in Beach & Adams in his bike by a DD
      Please let me know if I can help
      Prayed and hugs and lots of love ❤️

    • bikinginla says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. There is simply no excuse for something like this. May his memory be a blessing.

  4. Gizella says:

    Thank you all. We are devastated, wondering why why why. How how how. He was wearing a helmet. There is no bike lane there that I can tell. That in itself makes me soo angry.

  5. Teresa Kane says:

    Thank you for your acknowledgement of the loss of our family member and for continuing to publicize the dangers of a much particpated sport. Very tragic that other families and friends are grieving the loss of our loved ones due to bicycling. I do hope others will realize that the combination of cars and bicycles can make for a very hazardous and fatal situation. Please ride your bicycles on bicycle trails. Promote bicycle safety.

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