Biker Down

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Man, I sure hating seeing this stuff and I’m sorry to say that Jorge Alvarado, a Bahati Foundation rider, was struck and killed while on a training ride yesterday in Southern California.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said Roraff, a high school senior, was traveling north on Greenspot Road at more than 70 mph when he lost control and came across the road to strike Alvarado, who was traveling south.

The sheriff’s department spokeswoman, Cynthia Beavers, told VeloNews that  Roraff was street racing with students in two other vehicles at the time of the incident. Roraff tried to pass the vehicles and lost control of his Honda Civic, veering across the southbound traffic lane and into Alvarado’s path, she said.

The district attorney will determine whether charges will be filed upon review of the full accident report, which, according to Beavers, may take several weeks to complete.

“Based on the information investigators have obtained, chances are good that charges will be filed,” said Beavers.

More over at Velonews and CyclingNews.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May you rest in peace.


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Another cyclist toiling away in graduate school. Go figure. Tucson, Arizona, USA

11 Replies to “Biker Down”

  1. jesus. it’s one thing when it’s an accident, even when due to inattention, but fucking kids street racing. that should be considered premeditated murder, or premeditated manslaughter.

  2. when i see these “biker down” posts, i just breathe a great big sigh and hope to hell it’s not me or dominic next time. ride safe you guys.

  3. Sucks. Two people in a few weeks here in Boston. Streets are not as safe as they feel at times. I’m always looking over my shoulder. Be safe out there.

  4. Aw F^&*. One week this spring. I’d like just ONE damn week without reading about a rider somewhere getting mowed over. Bets on:
    A – off scott free
    B – reckless driving and a slap on the wrist
    C – 3rd degree murder
    D – 2nd degree murder
    E – (may we even hope) 1st degree murder and the kid sees the light of day again around 2050?

  5. man…. my prays go to his family. and for the kid that did this, and his friends, screw them all! make them pay and an example to the rest of irresponsible a-hole out there… driving age should be at least 21

  6. I started racing about the same time as Jorge. We were in a break together in the cat 2s at san dimas in 06. A few weeks ago I congratulated him on going pro while we were lining up for the sdsr crit. He was so stoked for this year. I can’t believe this shit.

  7. What a damn shame.

    You just know the kind of kid that was driving the Honda. His POS rice burner was probably dropped, chipped, otherwise suped-up. Had one of those fucking annoying exhaust systems on it. All done with money he got from selling drugs. Thought he was a thug. Thought he has tough. Easy come, easy go.

    You also know the kind of kid Jorge was. Worked hard. Rode hard. Ate, slept and shit his passion. Eyes always focused on the dream.

    What are the chances of these two crossing paths? Apparently 1 to 1. Two polar opposite lives colliding on an isolated road. How do you make sense of that…? What are the fucking odds? What unseen forces attracted these two? Was it Quantum physics or god?

    I’m not a religious kind of guy but it’s times like these that make me think angeles aren’t cut out for this world and god gives them a break. What looks tragic to us might be a blessing for the deceased. Perhaps he was spared undue suffering in the future and he’s on cloud 9 now. He paid his dues, turned pro and that’s about as good as it gets in life. Congratulations. You did it! Now you can rest…

    The world still looks pretty fuck from this vantage point though… my heart goes out to his family and friends.

  8. All these rider down posts bring me down. But this one does so more than most. I used to live in Redlands and Greenspot road where he was hit was a popular loop. I rode it a lot. It could have been me. I’m glad it wasn’t, but I’m very sad that it had to be anyone at all. My sincerest condolences to Jorge and his family and friends.

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