Former Long Beach bartender Sky Sunday killed riding ebike in Landers hit-and-run

Once again, a Southern California bike rider has died alone on the side of the roadway because a heartless coward couldn’t be bothered to stop or call for help.

According to the Hi-Desert Star, 37-year Sky Sunday was killed Thanksgiving evening when he was hit by the driver of a Ford Explorer in Landers, in San Bernardino County.

Sunday was riding south on Belfield Boulevard just past Encantado Road when he was run down shortly after dark, around 5:25 pm.

The driver fled the scene.

Sunday’s body was discovered by a Yucca Valley family, about 15 minutes after they’d spotted him riding his ebike wearing a yellow helmet.

A CHP officer attempted CPR until paramedics arrived, but it was too late. There’s no way to know at this time whether he might have been saved if he’d gotten help sooner.

A Minnesota native, Sunday had worked as a bartender in Long Beach until he lost his job as a result of the pandemic. He was staying with his dog in a friend’s cabin in Landers when he was killed.

Now his dog waits in vain for Sunday to come back home.

Friends described him as a beautiful soul, and the definition of a free spirit. Now he’s dead, and the driver who murdered him remains free.

Friends were able to locate security video showing the SUV, but not in enough detail for investigators to identify who was behind the wheel.

It’s described as a 1995 to 2001 Ford Explorer, color unknown, with extensive front end damage including a missing grill.

Anyone with information is urged to call CHP Officer Schmidt at 760/366-3707.

This is at least the 62nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the sixth that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Sky Sunday and his loved ones. 

8 comments

  1. Mitchell Guzik says:

    May his memory forever be a blessing

    • Vivian Lars on says:

      I’m Sky’s grandma, the one who makes Gramma bread. I don’t have the words for how I loved that boy. My heart is broken. It helps so much that he had wonderful friends like you ❤️

      • bikinginla says:

        Hi Vivian, my heart really goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. May Sky’s memory be a comfort to you.

      • Deborah macias says:

        Dear Vivian,
        Your grandson was an amazing person on this earth. I can’t even explain how Sky made most people feel with his vibrant and bright soul. Whenever I saw Sky he would brighten my day. He was so genuine and warm. I just went today to Landers to talk to him,l thanked him for always being that incredible rare human. My heart is so sad, but I feel that there is a more important place for Sky to be. God bless him. He is safe now. I am so sorry for your loss. Deborah Macias

      • Deborah macias says:

        Dear Vivian,
        Your grandson was an amazing person on this earth. I can’t even explain how Sky made most people feel with his vibrant and bright soul. Whenever I saw Sky he would brighten my day. He was so genuine and warm. I just went today to Landers to talk to him,l thanked him for always being that incredible rare human. My heart is so sad, but I feel that there is a more important place for Sky to be. God bless him. He is safe now. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Robert Sciortino says:

    Sky Sunday was a world of delight. I never saw him angry!!! I let him stay, with his camper, on my back driveway for about 5 months, here in Long Beach, CA. He wanted to pay rent but I said absolutely not, you are a close friend and I don’t feel right about charging you rent. Discussion took place and we finally settled on $20 a month for just the use of my electricity. I always left the back door unlocked that one into my kitchen so I can get water and then the downstairs bathroom with the shower so he could use that whenever he wanted. I had major Surgery In January 2020,A hip replacement. Sky was such a wonderful person he always would come in and check on me every 3 to 4 hours when he wasn’t working to make sure I had ice packs to help me with my pain. I will miss him and BALOO, his wonderful dog. RIP SKY, you will be greatly missed, my prayers are with you and your family. Robert Sciortino

  3. Hart says:

    So sad. He was a friend of mine. His dog and mine were friends too. A good soul and heart. We hung out many times at the bar and walks w the dogs. My heart goes out to all who loved him.
    Hart@hartdasteel.com

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