Last year, there were just four confirmed bicycling fatalities in San Diego County for the entire year.
Or maybe five, if we include a man who reportedly died in the hospital after he was struck by the driver of a pickup while ghost riding another bike in San Diego’s Bay Park neighborhood last November, but which I have been unable to confirm.
After yesterday, there’s already been two bike riders killed this month alone.
According to multiple sources, 56-year old La Mesa resident Kevin Wilson of La Mesa was riding east in the bike lane on Dehesa Road east of Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon Monday morning, when he was run down from behind by 56-year old Craig Wendell Nelson around 10:45 am.
Wilson was taken to San Diego’s Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Nelson reportedly veered his car into the bike lane, slamming into Wilson’s bicycle before fleeing the scene; there are no word on whether he stopped or slowed down before speeding away.
He abandoned the damaged car on Sloane Canyon Road, and was arrested after a police helicopter crew spotted him hiding in the bushes.
He’s being held at the San Diego Central Jail on $50,000 bond on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run, and expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CHP’s El Cajon area office at 619/401-2000.
This is at least the third bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second that I’m aware of in San Diego County; two of those three deaths have been hit-and-runs.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Kevin Wilson and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Jeff Kucharski for the heads-up.