40-year old man riding ebike killed in San Clemente hit-and-run; 2nd SoCal bike rider killed in hit-and-run in two days

Another day, another Southern California bike rider left to die in the street.

In a paywalled story, the Orange County Register is reporting that a man riding an ebike was killed by a hit-and-run driver in San Clemente early Tuesday.

Forty-year old Capistrano Beach resident Joshua Gene Cervantes was riding north on Avenida La Pata near Avenida Pico when he was run down by an unidentified driver around 1:25 am.

He died at the scene, despite efforts to resuscitate him.

The driver fled after the crash, abandoning his car a short distance away.

There’s no word on how the collision occurred, or whether Cervantes was struck while riding in the bike lane on Avenida La Pata, or while crossing the intersection.

His death comes just just over 24 hours after a 41-year old bike rider was killed in a Colton hit-and-run.

This is at least the 40th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the sixth that I’m aware of in Orange County.

Cervantes is also the 14th SoCal bike rider killed in a hit-and-run this year.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Joshua Gene Cervantes and all his loved ones. 


  1. Andrew says:

    Josh was a legend and his legend will live on! We will all miss you deeply brother!

  2. Bryan Cervantes says:

    It hurts our family to lose another one gone far too soon. Josh was the first of the generations of cousins to come after us. He was a good kid. Over the years we would only see ourv cousins on Xmas but we heard he was doing well for himself….
    Cousin Rachel me and your Nino are here if you need anything. So hard to even know what the right words to say are. But after PJ….i am at an absolute loss. Prayers to you. Please be strong. Please be well….

    • Bryan Cervantes says:

      I left a few threads on this accident in case anyone wants to poke at my Twitter (and please keep us posted if there’s any news of an arrest… three days after…. still nothing

      Its @ BEEZERBOPLS (all one word andv all lowercase)

      • Robert says:

        Hey Bryan, I grew up with Josh. We skated pretty much every day street school. Hung out at his house on Sacramento street Northside SC. I actually was the friend that got him the Job at Core 3 where he seemed to be thriving. This is absolutely heartbreaking and I wanted to sent my condolences to Pat, Rachel and Angelo. Please keep us posted if anyone is caught in this hit and run.

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