Nothing lasts forever.
Remarkably, Orange County went nearly three months without a bicycling death, ever since Dr. Michael Mammone was murdered by a man reportedly suffering from mental illness February 1st.
Sadly, that ended on Saturday night, when a man was killed riding his bike in Orange.
The victim was as apparently crossing Chapman Ave mid-block between Hamlin and Rancho Santiago Blvd when he was struck by an eastbound driver.
He died at the scene; he has been identified him only as a resident of Orange.
The driver, identified only as a man from Yorba Linda, remained after the collision. Police don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Raw video from the scene shows a flat handlebar bike next to the victim’s tarp-covered body, with a baseball cap and a carton of milk lying in the street nearby.
However, I can’t recommend watching it, but I am including the link so you can use your own judgement.
Anyone with information is urged to call Orange Police Det. Rocha at 714/744-7342.
This is at least the 14th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in Orange County.
Hopefully we can go at least another two months before we have another one.