Man killed in bike crash on Fourth of July identified, family speaks out


Officials identified the man killed in a bike crash on Fourth of July as Nick Cepeda, 55.

Cepeda was found in the 3800 block of Country Club Drive, just south of Pinehurst Drive.

He was on his way home after watching the Bakersfield Country Club’s fireworks show, something he’s done for five years, when he crashed just four houses from his front door, according to his daughter,  Nicole Cepeda Grogan.

“Every year we go to the country club to watch the annual firework show,” Grogan said. “It’s normally what we do but for some odd reason this year my family did not go. Fourth of July is his holiday, plus it’s his birthday month.”

Cepeda was heading down a steep hill on Country Club Drive when he lost control and hit a curb sherriff’s deputies said. He was thrown from his bike and landed on the sidewalk. His injuries were so severe, deputies initially thought there had been a shooting.

According to his Grogan, he was not wearing a helmet and suffered head trauma. He died at the scene.

Details leading up to the tragedy are still scarce, but his family is reaching out to the community to help fill in the blanks.  

“If you saw anything, just let us know, that’s it, you know,” Grogan said. “As an only child you just want to know what happened to your father, you just want to know what happened and it just kills me that no surveillance camera caught it.”

The family said they are working on planning his funeral for the week of July 15, which also happens to be Cepeda’s 56th birthday.

They set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.     

If you know anything about the accident you can contact Grogan on her Facebook.

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