Coroner's office releases name of bicyclist killed in collision in Beaumont
Saturday, November 6th, 2010
Issue 44, Volume 14.
BEAUMONT - The coroner's office has released the name of the bicyclist killed in a collision last week in Beaumont. Paul Lynn Pletcher, 70, of Yucaipa was struck by a sedan shortly after 9:10 a.m. Thursday while riding a bike along Champions Drive just west of Cherry Valley Boulevard, the coroner's office reported.
His head was severely injured and he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He was wearing a helmet, the coroner said.
Police have identified a Beaumont man as the driver of the sedan, but have not released his name.
No arrests were made as of late Friday, but the collision's cause is still being investigated, according to the Beaumont Police Department.
Comment #1 | Sunday, Nov 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Let me guess, no charges will be pressed against the driver that killed the bicyclist.
Comment #2 | Sunday, Nov 7, 2010 at 7:08 pm
Local cylists have been led to believe that the driver is a police officer so the "blue wall" may play a role in the investigation. Unconfirmed info suggests the driver may have been distracted by a cell phone and swerved into a fairly wide shoulder used by many area cyclists.
Comment #3 | Monday, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:01 am
Why is it taking so long to release the name of the driver?
Comment #4 | Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm
There is no reason to release the name of the driver until he/she is charged with a crime. If the cyclist was at fault, then the motorist is innocent. This is one of many concepts 2-wheelers fail to comprehend, including STOPPING at stop signs and RED SIGNAL LIGHTS, riding single-file, not obstructing traffic, and riding in designated bicycle lanes.
Comment #5 | Friday, Nov 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm
4wheeler--the cyclist is dead. The motorist hit him. If I rear-end another car, whether it was my doing, or I was pushed into that car by another rear-ending me, it is still my fault. This motorist hit and killed a cyclist who was in a wide bike lane riding single-file with 2 other cyclists. Why should that motorist not be held accountable for his actions? He killed an innocent man, accidentally or not--if he had been driving responsibly, this would not have happened. Speed? Distractions? Cell-phone (yes I heard that as well)? Off-duty cop (heard that too)? Any or all of the above? Finish the investigation, and at least release the driver's name. Lynn was an experienced cyclist who was extremely safety conscious. This happened in an area with good visibility, no stop signs or traffic lights--the only thing Lynn was doing was riding his bike. Man up Beaumont Police--we need some answers.
Comment #6 | Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm
4wheeler-I hope you've had a chance to read "wbd's" post. Your monicker indicates some likely bias towards cyclists. Not all cyclists fail to comprehend the items you've listed. Riding in a designated riding lane obviously didn't help the deceased and of course there are very few cycling lanes in our car culture country. I would recommend that you take a bike ride and get an appreciation for what cyclists encounter. I also suspect that the majority of cyclists ride within the law just like most motorists drive within the law. Had this been an 8 year old little girl riding in the bike lane perhaps your knee-jerk bias wouldn't kick in so readily.
Comment #7 | Sunday, Nov 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm
I heard the driver was an off-duty police detective who was distracted (was on a cell phone)
It will be interesting if charges are filed against him..........
Comment #8 | Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 at 10:02 am
The investigation seems to be taking a very long time. Would it take this long if the cyclist had been the off-duty cop and the driver a retired hs principal? The Beaumont pd really shouldn't insult the collective intelligence of the local cycling community. The Beaumont pd should bypass the "good-ole-boy" mentality and actually do it's job properly. At this point something doesn't smell right and there are hundreds of cyclists waiting for some truthful answers.
Comment #9 | Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm
I knew Paul (Lynn). I know the guys who where riding with him. He was in a wide bike lane when killed. Don't even try to blame him. The driver is 100% responsible and should be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Driving while on the phone or texting is as dangerous as DUI and should be treated the same way.
We need to understand that cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians are not 'disposable'.
Comment #10 | Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm
But seriously do all traffic related deaths take this long to investigate? How about a brief update on the investigation from the Beaumont pd.
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Comment #11 | Saturday, Apr 23, 2011 at 9:45 am
it was a cop...who exited the vehicle with the 'cell phone or Ipad' still in his hand...and the blue line protects their own....