Sadly, it should surprise anyone that the first Southern California bike rider to lose his life this year was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.
According to MyNewsLA, the victim was riding south on Jackson Street at Colorado Ave in Riverside, in a dedicated bike lane, when he was struck by a driver around 6:30 am this morning.
The driver slowed down briefly, then took off without stopping.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to Parkview Community Hospital, where he died a short time later.
KTLA-5 reports the initial investigation indicates he left the bike lane and entered the regular traffic lane just before he was run down.
However, a street view shows a broken line on the bike lane prior to the intersection, which could have given the impression he left the bike lane.
Unfortunately, there’s no description of the hit-and-run suspect or the vehicle at this time.
Anyone with information is urged to call Riverside Police Detective Anderson at 951/826-8723.
This is the first bicycling fatality I’m aware of in Southern California this year, and the first in Riverside County
That compares 65 bicycling deaths in Southern California last year, and ten in Riverside County.
Update: The victim has been identified as 66-year old Riverside resident Lin Tae Kim.
The suspect vehicle is described as a 2002 – 2008 Mini Cooper, with the driver’s side window and mirror missing, as well as several pieces of side trim.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Lin Tae Kim and his loved ones.