49-year old man killed in front of his son in Rancho Cucamonga collision; DUI driver booked for vehicular manslaughter

There aren’t many things worse than killing someone riding a bicycle while driving drunk.

But doing it in front of the victim’s own son is one them.

According to the Fontana Herald News, a man was killed when he was struck by a driver while he was riding with a small group in Rancho Cucamonga early Saturday morning.

The victim, identified only as a 49-year old Rancho Cucamonga man, was riding west on the shoulder of Arrow Route at Haven Ave with 11 other people, when he was run from behind at around 1:58 am.

He died at the scene, in front of own juvenile son.

The driver, identified as Gerald Willis, was allegedly driving under the influence; he was arrested at the scene for gross vehicular manslaughter.

Hopefully, the victim’s son got to see that, too.

Now a man is dead, and a boy will have to deal with a lifetime of emotional trauma, just because some jerk had to get behind the wheel after drinking.

Allegedly.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff Station at 909/477-2800.

This is at least the 60th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the eighth that I’m aware of in San Bernardo County.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his family and loved ones.

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