Almost exactly one year ago, a Jurupa Valley bicyclist was mowed down by a hit-and-run driver, whose identity and whereabouts remain a mystery, prompting investigators Tuesday to ask for the public’s help in finding the person.
Forrest Holmes, 22, was fatally struck as he rode his bike along Limonite Avenue in the predawn hours last Sept. 6.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Ricken, a few clues have surfaced since Holmes’ death, but nothing conclusive.
“We are hoping to solve this case with help from the public,” Ricken said. “We are asking for someone to come forward with a credible tip, or to admit they were the driver of the vehicle that night.”
Sheriff’s investigators said Holmes was pedaling westbound on Limonite about 2 a.m., roughly a half-mile west of Lucretia Avenue, when a light-colored sedan approached him from behind.
A store security surveillance tape captured the victim riding by, and a few seconds later, the motorist’s car passing — in the same traffic lane and headed in the same direction, according to Ricken.
He said the driver was clearly going too fast for city streets.
Holmes was hit from behind and thrown onto the roadway. The driver never slowed down, the sergeant said.
Occupants of a passing vehicle spotted Holmes and called 911. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics less than 10 minutes later.
Anyone with information about the deadly hit-and-run was asked to contact the sheriff’s Jurupa Valley station at (951) 955-2600.
–City News Service