Dana Point: Cyclist riding on PCH hit by car, stabbed by driver, dies in hospital
A bicyclist died at a hospital after being struck by a vehicle and then stabbed by the driver on the Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point on Wednesday.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred at around 3 pm, when a white Lexus sedan hit a bicyclist riding northbound along PCH at the Crown Valley Parkway intersection.
The OCSD said the cyclist was riding in the bike lane and stopped at a red light when he was struck from behind. The driver intentionally struck the cyclist, officials said.
The Lexus driver then got out of the car and stabbed the cyclist.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. Around 5:52 pm, authorities confirmed the victim had died.
The unidentified driver was held at the scene by citizens until law enforcement arrived and arrested him.
“There were actually locals that were able to detain him until the police arrived,” said OCSD Sergeant Mike Woodruff. “As far as relationship or motive, we have no idea at this time.”
Footage from the scene showed the victim’s mangled mountain bike and that the Lexus sustained a shattered windshield and front-end damage.
It was unclear if the cyclist and the driver knew each other, or if it was a road-rage incident. A motive for the incident was not determined.
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