UPDATE: The family of a bicyclist killed in a collision yesterday has identified him as Ismael Arrenaviz.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to pay for his expenses. On the page, Arrenaviz’ daughter, Vanessa, said he was on his way to eat at a relative’s house when he was hit by a motorcycle while on the sidewalk.
“He was a family man, he was always there when anybody needed help, he was a man of God,” she said. “He loved us with all his heart and soul. He had 9 kids that he left behind.”
To donate to the account, visit https://bit.ly/2xyo5IV.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Police say a bicyclist died Tuesday in a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Union Avenue and Columbus Street.
The Bakersfield Police Department said the collision happened at about 11:41 a.m., police said. The initial investigation revealed that a man was traveling westbound on Columbus Street approaching Union Avenue when he reportedly fell asleep. The driver awoke and made an abrupt movement to avoid traffic as he was entering the intersection against a red light, the department said.
The man’s vehicle went onto the sidewalk, where he collided with a bicyclist who was waiting at the corner, BPD said. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
Another vehicle collided with the rear of the vehicle that struck the bicyclist, after the first collision occurred, BPD said. No injuries were reported as a result of that collision.
The identity of the deceased will be released at a later time by the Kern County Coroner’s office.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the bicyclist was not found to be under the influence and was released at the scene, the department said.