58-year old man killed in early morning Mecca hit-and-run; at least 14th bike rider killed in SoCal hit-and-run this year

Another day, another person riding a bicycle killed in a SoCal hit-and-run.

According to Palm Springs’ KESQ-3, a man was found lying in the street after being struck by a driver while riding on 66th Ave, just east of SR-86 in Mecca, sometime around 1:30 am Saturday.

The victim, described only as a 58-year old homeless man, died at the scene.

There’s no description of the driver or suspect vehicle at this time.

This is at least the 37th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the seventh that I’m aware of in Riverside County.

Gurrola was also at least the 14th person killed in a hit-and-run while riding a bicycle in Southern California since the first of the year.

My deepest prayers and sympathy for Jacinto Ayala Gurrola and his loved ones. 



  1. Franklin says:

    This tragedy adds to the concerning trend of bicycling fatalities in Southern California this year, highlighting the urgent need for improved safety measures and awareness on the roads.

  2. Ralph says:

    Need mandatory jail until trial for all arrested for hit and run. Pethaps then DUI pdrivers won’t flee the scene so they can get a slap on teh wrist when they eventually ‘show remorse’.

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