Two people killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run driver while riding against traffic in Rancho Cucamonga bike lane

Once again, someone on a bicycle has been murdered by a drunken hit-and-run driver.

Okay, make that two people.

KTLA-5 is reporting that an alleged drunk driver killed a man and woman riding salmon in a Rancho Cucamonga bike lane Tuesday night.

Although the fact that they were riding against traffic wouldn’t matter if the impatient driver hadn’t decided to use the bike lane as an illegal traffic bypass lane.

The victims, identified only as a 41-year old man and a 33-year old woman, both from Upland, were riding in the bike lane on Foothill Blvd and Etiwanda Ave around 8:20 pm.

That’s when 23-year old Fontana resident Robert Gubany allegedly swerved into the bike lane to bypass backed-up traffic, apparently without checking to make sure it was clear, and slammed head-on into the two victims.

The woman died at scene; her companion died after being taken to a local hospital.

According to The Daily Bulletin both victims were homeless; the paper also reports that the woman is 42-years old, rather than 33.

Gabney continued driving without stopping, until he was involved in another crash later that night.

He was arrested at the scene of the second crash on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Hopefully, prosecutors will add a charge of felony hit-and-run resulting in death.

Anyone with information is urged to call San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators at 909/477-2800.

This is just the second and third bicycling fatalities in Southern California this year, and the first two that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.

They’re also the first two bike riders killed by a hit-and-run driver in Southern California in 2023.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victims and all their loved ones.

 

10 comments

  1. Did he sign the paper that says he can be charged with murder if he kills while DUI, or is this the first time they caught him DUI?

    • bikinginla says:

      There’s no mention of any previous DUIs, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

      • GMP says:

        He had no previous DUI. He is a first time Daddy and good kid that with one bad decision he managed to destroy many lives including his own. My heart is heavy for ALL involved

        • Ryan garrison says:

          I’ve known this kid his whole life always drinking and driving with his baby in the car

        • Rhonda Mccutchan says:

          Well maybe he should of stayed at home take care of his kid instead he wants to steal cars and get drunk and take lives of two great people that didn’t deserve that

  2. Manda says:

    First time daddy or good kid doesn’t mean shit. He took the lives of the most beautiful loving humble people I know. And now we are here to deal with his horrible choice to play gta while inebriated. I hope that he understands he took something very precious from their loved ones we will never get back. Hopefully he will grasp that while serving a lengthy bit in prison for the murder of them

  3. Robin Garcia says:

    They where very good and loving people I can’t believe there gone please give justice. Prayers

  4. Madeline milburn says:

    I miss u ali and Eric. I hope ur happy in heaven now

  5. Ryan garrison says:

    Needs to get life

  6. Rhonda says:

    That man took two lives of very special people,
    Two people that would do anything for the next person
    I’m sorry about his family but he took away part of my family
    And nothing can bring them back so I hope he pays dearly for what he has done to those wonderful people we all love and miss you alley and midnite

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