San Bernardino County pro cyclist killed in street racer crash
Posted on Apr 10, 2010
A 27-year-old professional cyclist was struck and killed by a car that was involved in a teenage street race in San Bernadino County.
Patrick Roraff, 18, and a passenger were speeding north on Greenspot Road in Highland around 9:45 am on Thursday, April 9. They were driving a Honda accord and were street racing against a blue Honda and a silver Honda.
Professional bicyclist Jorge Alvarado of Ontario was approaching the three vehicles. Roraff changed lanes and tried to speed past the vehicle in front of him. He was driving over 70 m.p.h. when he lost control of the vehicle, spun the car and struck Alvarado. Alvarado was thrown from his bicycle and landed in a nearby field. Alvarado died at the scene from injuries sustained during the crash.
The drivers were all seniors at a Redlands East Valley High School. The accident is under investigation and charges are expected to be filed.
Alvarado was a member of the newly formed Bahati Foundation Professional Cycling Team. The foundation supports children in inner-city and underserved communities.
This tragic accident could have been prevented if the drivers were not racing.
The attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Balliidis and Leslie offer our condolences to the family of Jorge Alvarado. To learn more about the rights of bicyclists click here.