At least the driver stuck around this time.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Pico Ave and West Mission Road a little after 8 pm.
According to witnesses, the victim, identified only as a 26-year old man, was riding southwest across the intersection against a red light, when he was struck by the driver turning west onto Mission.
The only way that makes sense is if he was riding south on Pico, and was struck in a left cross when the driver turned with the left arrow, which would mean the driver had a red light.
He died at the scene.
San Diego sheriff’s deputies were quick to blame the victim, suggesting that he may have been under the influence, and said he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
There’s no word on why they suspect he was drunk, however. And as we’ve noted before, whether or not he had a helmet only matters if he died of a head injury, or if the collision might have been survivable with one.
That’s questionable, given that video from the scene shows it was a full-size food truck, rather than a smaller van, that hit him.
Use caution viewing the video, though, since it shows a blurred shot of the covered victim lying in the street next to his bike.
This is at least the 26th bicycling fatality in Southern California already 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.