SAN JACINTO – A bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash at a San Jacinto intersection was a Hemet woman.
Vivian Thomas, 57, was pronounced dead on the eastbound Ramona Expressway about 590 feet east of Alessandro Avenue, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.
The crash was at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.
“It appeared that Thomas was riding her bicycle eastbound in the No. 2 lane of the Ramona Expressway,” said CHP Officer James Eagleman. “Thomas was not utilizing the bike path that was on the right shoulder. Thomas was struck by a possible GMC or Chevrolet truck from the rear.”
Thomas was ejected from the bicycle and landed on the right shoulder.
The truck likely sustained significant damage to the right front bumper, Eagleman said.
“Alcohol and/or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision,” he said.