52-year old Huntington Beach man killed in Fountain Valley hit-and-run; nearly half of all 2024 SoCal bike deaths hit-and-runs

There seems to be no end to the rash of cowardly hit-and-run drivers on Southern California streets this year.

Including in Fountain Valley Sunday morning, where a 52-year old Huntington Beach man was killed while riding his bike.

According to the Daily Pilot, Antonio Huerta was riding in the bike lane on eastbound Slater Ave, just west of Santa Maria Street, just after 7:05 am when an unknown driver entered the bike lane and ran him down.

The driver fled east on Slater without stopping.

First responders found Huerta on the sidewalk suffering from traumatic injuries. He died the next day after he was taken to a local hospital.

There’s no description at this time of the suspect vehicle or the heartless coward behind the wheel.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Fountain Valley Police Department’s traffic bureau at 714/593-4481.

This is at least the 19th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and already the fifth that I’m aware of in Orange County.

Nine of those victims — nearly half — were killed by hit-and-run drivers.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Antonio Huerta and all his loved ones.

One comment

  1. Petrice says:

    May Antonio Huerta be remembered. May his family find solace and justice. The pain returns with every “accidental” and untimely death or life-changing injury. May we come together as community, keep alert, share the road, avoid distractions, be safe and prevent these horrific deaths and injuries. I continue to grieve my Dad, who was struck down while bicycling to the park to do daily exercises.

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