A man was killed riding a bike on a country road east of El Cajon Wednesday night.
And for a change, investigators were quick to blame the driver.
According to multiple identical stories from the City News Service, the victim was riding a cruiser bike on east Willow Glen Drive, west of Dehesa Road near the Singing Hills Golf Resort, when he was run down from behind at 7:20 pm.
The helmetless victim, who has been identified only as a 32-year old man, died at the scene.
A CHP spokesman said the eastbound driver, a 48-year man from El Cajon, somehow drifted to the right, striking the victim’s bike at around 45 mph and hurling him to the roadway.
The driver remained at the scene; police don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. However, there’s no word on whether the driver’s phone was examined for evidence of distracted driving.
There’s also no word on whether the victim suffered a head injury; if not, it really doesn’t matter whether or not he had a helmet. And a crash at that speed was likely not survivable, with or without one.
This is at least the eighth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second that I’m aware of in San Diego County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.