Then there were three.
According to KEYT-TV, a 39-year old Oxnard man was killed when a van driver slammed into his bike early Thursday morning.
He was reportedly riding on Channel Islands Boulevard west of J Street when he was run down by a 51-year-old Oxnard man driving west on Channel Islands at 4:25 am.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, died at the scene.
There’s no word on which direction he was riding, or if he had lights on this bike in the early morning darkness.
Like someone on a bicycle, for instance.
The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators; police don’t believe intoxication played a role in the crash.
Anyone with information is urged to call Traffic Officer Joseph Clarke at 805/385-7750, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is at least the 11th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in Ventura County, which usually averages that many bicycle deaths in an entire year.
Update: The victim was identified as 39-year old Oxnard resident Rojelio Minjarez.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Rojelio Minjarez and his loved ones.