By Peter Day
LUCERNE VALLEY • A bicyclist was found dead on the side of the road Thursday morning after apparently being struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
“Most likely it happened sometime in the night,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Grieve.
According to Grieve, a call was made at 7:59 a.m. of a man down on the side of the road on the south side of Highway 18 just east of Post Office Road in Lucerne Valley. Paramedics arrived at about 8:10 a.m. and pronounced the man dead. Grieve arrived at 8:35 a.m. and began processing the scene.
“It appears he was struck from behind,” Grieve said. “There was damage to the rear of his bike.”
The unidentified man was riding a mountain bike and most likely was near the white line on the south side of the two-lane highway, he said.
Officer Grieve said tire marks just south of the incident indicate the vehicle driver briefly veered onto the dirt portion of the highway following the collision but did not come to a complete stop.
Grieve notified the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office, which will attempt to identify the body.