Finally, we have confirmation.
We’ve known since Thursday that a man was killed while riding his bike in Solana Beach last week.
But it’s taken this long for the San Diego County medical examiner to update their website, and for the story to make the news.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 75-year old San Diego resident Allen Hunter was the victim of a hit-and-run last Tuesday — one week ago today.
He was riding on the South Coast Highway 101 near Lomas Santa Fe Drive around 10:35 am on June 22nd when he was run down from behind by vehicle allegedly driven by 21-year-old Lucas Beau Morgans of Solana Beach.
Hunter was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in nearby La Jolla, where he died of multiple blunt force trauma around 6:30 that evening.
A Reddit post from last Thursday adds a little more information.
Morgans was arrested later the same day, about six miles from the crash scene, on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run resulting in death or injury and felony DUI causing great bodily injury.
He was released after posting bail, and isn’t due back in court until October.
This is at least the 30th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the ninth that I’m aware of in San Diego County already this year.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Allen Hunter and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Phillip Young for the heads-up.
“released after posting bail”
That’s just the worst.
My condolences to his family and his friend who witnessed this horrible accident.
It’s infuriating to read the driver wasn’t even charged with a crime! This is vehicular manslaughter.
“A spokesperson for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office said the driver posted bail and no charges have been filed against him. He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 29.”
Solana Beach not Solano Beach
Thanks, Kevin. I don’t know how I made that mistake once, let alone three times.
Oh NO!! Allen was my friend in Jr High and High School, the smartest guy in our class, and a really nice guy besides. What a tragedy to be run over by a pickup, when he was biking. My condolences to his family and friends. We lost a great man here.
May you grieve to completeness, knowing Allen’s life was worthwhile, a star burning too brightly.
Blessings be with you.