Upland Crash Kills Bicyclist

According to the California Highway Patrol, 52-year-old Jose Leon of Montclair, California, did not survive a bike accident in the San Antonio Heights neighborhood of Upland, California. The officers responding to the scene say that the first reports came in about 6:31 PM on August 20, 2018. The California Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the fire department and paramedics.

Unfortunately, the Daily Bulletin reports that the man who was hit by a black Hyundai SUV did not survive the impact. A coroner was called to the scene to pronounce the man dead. The California Highway Patrol is not sure why the SUV hit the rider in the residential neighborhood, and they continue to investigate the accident.

Officers remind people to continue to watch for bicyclists as fatalities continue to grow nationwide. In 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, 34 bicyclists were killed or injured in Upland. Meanwhile, 12 bicyclists were killed elsewhere in San Benedicto county during that year.

As school gets back in session, there may be more students riding bikes while playing with their friends. Additionally, dusk, when it gets harder to see bicyclists, arrives earlier. Therefore, officials remind drivers to be particularly mindful of bicyclists. Remember to watch in the early morning hours also as more people are commuting to work by bike than ever before.

Bicyclists are also urged to pay attention to their surroundings. When possible, bicyclists should wear light-color clothing making them more visible. They should also always wear a helmet.

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