Bicyclist killed in Santa Ana hit-and-run; half of all SoCal bike victims this year killed by hit-and-run drivers

Once again, someone riding a bicycle has been killed by a heartless hit-and-run driver.

This time in Santa Ana.

According to County News Service, the victim was found near West First and South Newhope Streets around 4:42 pm Saturday, suffering from injuries constant with being struck by a driver.

Despite the efforts of first responders, the victim, who was has not been publicly identified, died at the scene.

Police believe the victim was riding east in the bike lane on West First when the driver of a red Kia sedan ran them down from behind, then fled the scene.

Unfortunately, there’s no further description of the car or the driver. But whoever did it should face a murder charge for making a deliberate choice to leave an innocent victim to die in the street.

Anyone with information is urged to call Santa Ana Police Investigator Bao at 714/245-8223.

This is at least the 12th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in Orange County.

Half of those SoCal victims have been killed by drivers who didn’t have the basic human decency to stick around afterwards.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his or her loved ones. 

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