Local man dies in bike crash coming home from fireworks celebration: family


Not long after the Fourth of July fireworks concluded last night at the Bakersfield Country Club, a local man returning from the show lost his life in a bicycle accident just steps from his home.

The family of the man thrown from his bicycle last night in the Bakersfield Country Club area, is devastated.

His daughter tells 17 News she is waiting to release her father’s name until after she can notify more of the family. 

His injuries were so bad, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office initially thought there had been a shooting.

But when Sheriffs Deputies arrived just before midnight on the Fourth of July, they found the 55-year-old had not been shot.

His daughter says he was on his way back from watching the Bakersfield Country Club firework show, something he’s done for years.

According to California Highway Patrol, he was heading down steep country club drive, passing Pinehurst drive, when “for unknown reasons, [he] lost control of his…bicycle, and made a turning movement to the left.”

CHP says that’s when he hit the curb.

“The bicyclist was also ejected, striking the sidewalk and he was pronounced deceased at the scene,” said CHP officer Sally Barker.

The fatal crash, less than a block away from the man’s home.

While some family heard a car might have been involved in the crash, CHP says no other car was involved.

CHP could not tell 17 News if the man was wearing a helmet or bright colors at the time of the crash.

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