A man was killed in a collision while riding a bike in Santee Monday afternoon.
Which is almost all we know about it right now.
According to multiple nearly identical sources, the victim was struck by the driver of some sort of vehicle around 3:45 pm Monday at Mission Gorge Road and Fanita Drive.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports he was taken to a hospital with a grave head injury, where he died.
The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Which should be a given, but sadly isn’t.
Sheriff’s deputies don’t think alcohol played a role in the crash.
Westbound Mission Gorge was closed for hours after the crash, suggesting that’s where the crash occurred; a street view shows a busy six lane divided highway with a double left turn lane and no shoulder.
Anyone with information is urged to call sheriff’s investigators at 858/565-5200.
This is at least the 64th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 10th that I’m aware of in San Diego County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.
Thanks for the updates Ted.Merry Christmas to you & yours.Keep up the great work in 2021.
Back at you, Richard. Let’s hope this is a better year for all of us.
RIP. Santee is actually in eastern San Diego County. I’ve been updating enCYCLEpedia lately and was going to mention that if you’re biking around Mission Trails Regional Park you can take a continuous sidewalk on the south side of Mission Trails Rd (some of it a designated bike trail) to avoid the busy roadway east past the site of this accident to a lot of choices for lunch. We don’t know if this man was on the road or crossing via the sidewalk at this point, but intersections are dangerous either way. At least crossing via the sidewalks you have more time to stop and look around and evaluate dangers like right hooks before proceeding.
Sorry, that’s Mission Gorge Road not Trails.
Our prayers go up for the family and friends of the victim.