Bike-riding man killed in El Monte hit-and-run; fourth fatal SoCal bike hit-and-run in three weeks

Another day, another bike rider murdered by a hit-and-run driver.

According to My News LA, El Monte police are searching for a driver who didn’t have the basic human decency to stick around after running down a man riding a bicycle.

The victim, identified as 59-year old El Monte resident Ruben Vicario, was struck at Lower Azusa Road and El Monte Ave around 9 pm Tuesday.

He died at the scene.

The suspect vehicle was described as a red or burgundy 2019-2021 Toyota sedan; no description was given for the driver.

There’s no word on how the collision occurred.

Anyone with information is urged to call the El Monte Police Department at 626/580-2100.

This is at least the 25th bicycling fatality in Southern California already this year, and the eighth that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

Ten of those SoCal deaths have been hit-and-runs, including the last four in a row.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Ruben Vicario and his loved ones. 


  1. None says:

    If you want answer for this accident ask the neighborhood watch patrols.. they always driving on lower azusa from peck to Rosemead 24/7.. neighborhood Wactch group is harassing a me and they always speed to fast all day

    • Stefanie Martinez says:

      Hello, thank you for that information. He was my uncle that got killed. It is devastating that he was killed and the person didn’t stop. He was the a kind person and had biggest heart and soul. He was our Angel and he is gone and we can’t get him back. Ask anyone around that area that cane across him and they would tell her a very nice e person, never wanted to upset anyone and ALWAYS praying for peopleanf animals. Please if anyone knows anything or write there some how got information that could be useful please reach out to El Monte police and can message me as well.

  2. Ruben was my cousin, he was so nice a real gentle soul. Can’t imagine why someone would hit him with a car and just leave him thee. I hope the catch the person responsible.

  3. bikinginla says:

    William and Stefanie, I am so sorry for your loss. There is never any excuse for what happened to your uncle and cousin. He deserved better. I share your hope that they find the heartless coward who did this.

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