UPDATE: Sommer Gonzales, 18, Arrested on DUI, Hit-and-Run Charges for Fatal Bike Accident
ORANGE, California (Feb. 2, 2014) — Joseph Robinson, 21, of Irvine was killed Sunday morning when his bicycle was struck by a suspected DUI driver in a car on the southbound lanes of Santiago Canyon Road just south of Loma Ridge, according to a press release by the Orange County Coroner.
About 7 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to the fatal bicycle accident in Orange, California after a a driver with a smashed windshield was spotted driving away from the area by Orange County fire Battalion Chief Marc Stone. The veteran fire chief began searching the area and found the victim’s shoe in the roadway and then discovered him in bushes on the side of the road, the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch said.
Police subsequently arrested Sommer N. Gonzales, 18, of Tustin after they tracked her and her 2001 Toyota down with the help of the fire chief’s description. She was booked into Central Womens Jail on hit-and-run and DUI charges following the crash, according to a report by bikinginla.com.
Paramedics pronounced Robinson dead at the scene of the bicycle accident.
The young man worked at Jax Bicycle Center in Irvine, according to a post by socaltrailriders.org.
There were no further details about the accident.
“My condolences go out to the family and friends of this young man as they cope with his sudden loss and try to piece together what happened today,” said Attorney West Thomas. “Police will further investigate and eventually issue a police report that will hopefully outline exactly what happened and determine all charges that are necessary under the circumstances. The report is typically available to involved parties within 30 days.”