Often, someone can be killed in a bike accident, and that’s never news.
Or if it does, it might appear somewhere far away.
That was the case in March when a 20-year US Army veteran was killed, not making a lick of local media until the story appeared in his native Belize yesterday.
According to Latest news from Belize On the official website, Sergeant Brian George Martinez, 49, was killed in an early morning collision while training for the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Class, a one-day amateur bicycle race held annually in the country since 1928. .
The news emerged in a story about his mother donating her cycling gear to the Belize Cycling Federation after her death.
A Facebook post by the organization in April said Martinez was killed in Los Angeles on March 17, just a week after submitting his race entry.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirms his death.
Meanwhile, a website by a Los Angeles law firm places the collision at the intersection of East Victoria Street and South Avalon Boulevard in Carson.
He died on the scene.
There is no information on how the accident occurred, or if the driver was fined or charged. Or even stopped tracking the accident, for that matter.
In addition to his military career, Martinez worked as a licensed clinical health and mental health therapist in Los Angeles.
This is at least the 46th bicycle fatality in Southern California this year and the 17th that I am aware of in Los Angeles County.
My deepest condolences and prayers for Brian George Martinez and all his loved ones.