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3rd Update: Bicyclist run down on Valle Vista

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2nd UPDATE: 5:04pm  Name released by County Coroner: Micky James Mroz. 

The Highway Patrol has released a statement and the accident press report on this accident that gives the public a lot more information as to what happened last night:

I guess the original press release I put out had incorrect and confusing info.  I called the investigating officer and clarified this new press release.  Sorry for the mistake.

 

On March 20, 2014, at approximately 2036 hours, Mrs. Ann Marie Platzke, age 31, of 29 Palms, Ca, was driving her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt westbound on Valle Vista Road, west of Sherman Hoyt Avenue (Rural desert road east of Twentynine Palms).  A male bicyclist Micky James Mroz age 31, also from 29 Palms, was riding a BMX style bicycle eastbound along the north side of Valle Vista Road.  As Platzke approached, the bicyclist attempted to cross the road into the direct path of the Platzke and the front of the Chevy struck the bicyclist.  The bicyclist struck the windshield of the Chevy and was ejected onto the south shoulder where he sustained fatal injuries.  Platzke and her 12 year old daughter were uninjured.  Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision on behalf of the bicyclist due to the fact an open container was located near his body.  Officer Casey Simmons is investigating the collision.

Officer Randy O’Brien, #17977

California Highway Patrol

 

On March 20, 2014, at approximately 2036 hours, Mrs. Ann Marie Platzke, age 32, of 29 Palms, Ca, was driving her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt westbound on Valley Vista Road, west of Sherman Hoyt Road (Rural desert road east of Twenty Nine Palms).  A male bicyclist (whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin) age 32, also from 29 Palms, was riding a BMX style bicycle eastbound along the north shoulder of Valley Vista Road.  As Platzke approached from behind, the bicyclist attempted to cross the road into the direct path of the Platzke and the front of the Chevy struck the bicyclist.  The bicyclist struck the windshield of the Chevy and was ejected onto the south shoulder where he sustained fatal injuries.  Platzke and her 8 year old daughter were uninjured.  Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision on behalf of the bicyclist due to the fact an open container was located near his body.  Officer Casey Simmons is investigating the collision.

On 03/20/2014 at 8:41 pm, a 911 call reporting a traffic accident on Valle Vista Road and Sherman Hoyt Road in Wonder Valley. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and paramedics from the Twentynine Palms Fire Department responded to the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 31 year old White male resident of Lucerne Valley, was riding his bicycle eastbound on Valley Vista Road on the westbound lane of traffic when he was struck by a vehicle and pronounced dead on scene at 9:03 pm. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. The name will be released upon notification of the next of kin.

Here is a copy of the CHP Report:

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2 Comments

  1. It’s a sad tale for both bicyclist and motorists.

    My 2 cent FWIW…

    Motorist need to assume there is a bicyclist to the left side of the road. Move to the left side of the road when a motorist coming in the opposite direction is negotiating passing a biker in the same lane. Give ‘em room to pass safely. And remember the new 3 feet law.

    When you drive on paved roads at night (including SR 62), give some thought to the circumstances of colliding with someone on a bike. This keeps your attention to the left hand side of the road on dark roads and what may be out there. Bicyclists are just as careless as motorists can be. No doubt about that.

    On Mesquite Springs Road, Near Indian Rd, a pickup intentionally ran me off the road, nearly hitting my bike at about 50 mph. After struggling to stay alive on my bike on dangerous roads — no longer do I ride bikes in our area.

    As a former bike rider and tour leader, I’ve explored British Columbia, all of Washington State, Montana, N. Dakota, Minnesotan and Wisconsin on self-contained trip. After move to Desert Heights, I put one bikes in moth balls and sold the other two.

  2. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Ben in this case the bicyclist was on the wrong side of the road, he was not driving with traffic as is required by the vehicle code instead he was driving against traffic.

    No amount a leeway would have prevented this collision when a bicyclist is on the wrong side of the road and then turns directly into the path of a vehicle that he should have seen was approaching him.

    Unfortunate.

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