Once again, a Southern California bike rider has been murdered by a drunken hit-and-run driver.
According to My News LA, the driver fled the scene after running down the victim in Riverside Saturday night.
But for a change, the driver was captured a short time later.
The victim, identified only as a 48-year old Riverside man, was crossing Indiana Ave on La Sierra Ave on his bike when he was run down by a speeding driver traveling east on Indiana; there’s no word on what time the crash happened
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Witnesses followed the driver, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was identified as a 40-year old man from Corona, but no name was given.
This is at least the 49th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the ninth that I’m aware of in Riverside County.
Sixteen of those deaths have been hit-and-runs.
Update: KCBS-2 puts the time of the crash as around 10:10 pm.
Update 2: The victim has been identified as Riverside resident Jerry Hodges. The driver has still not been identified.
Update 3: The Riverside Police Department has identified the alleged driver as 40-year old Corona resident Jose Luis Cacho Jr. He was released on $75,000 bond after being booked on vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and DUI charges.
Cacho was also charged with violating probation on a previous DUI conviction. That raises the question of why he hasn’t been charged with murder, since he would have received a Watson notice informing him that would be possible if he killed someone while driving drunk anytime in the future.
Maybe that’s a question we should ask Riverside County DA Michael Hestrin.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Jerry Hodges and his loved ones.
Thanks to Accident News Now and Eric Lewis for the heads-up.