David Mendez, 22, was killed in a Riverside bicycle accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal collision occurred the afternoon of January 5, 2014. Police say Mendez was riding a bike east on Central Avenue in the far left lane about three-quarters of a mile west of Victoria Avenue when a driver struck him from behind. Mendez, who was wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries and died at a local hospital. The driver was detained at the scene and officials, but it is not clear if he was arrested. Officials suspect that the driver was under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of David Mendez for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.