An elderly Murrieta man is dead, apparently because a driver may have neglected to put her flashers on.
NBC Palm Springs reports the victim was riding his bike north on Whitewood Road, just north of Poinsettia Street, around 7:50 pm Sunday evening when a woman driving an SUV pulled over to the side of the road to check on her child in the backseat.
The man, identified as 73-year old Marietta resident Josef Pinter, slammed into the back of the stopped SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the local police, it wasn’t clear if the driver’s brake lights were on or if she had turned on her flashers, and Pinter may not have seen her stopped in front of him.
There’s also no word on whether she even had her lights on in the growing evening darkness, or if Pinter had a light on his bike that could have illuminated the vehicle.
Anyone with information is urged to call Murrieta Police Investigator Kurt Stickelman at 951/461-6306, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Sgt. Steve Whiddon at 951/461-6323, email@example.com.
This is at least the 14th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third that I’m aware of in Riverside County.