Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date September 22, 2005
Contact Sergeant Don Taulli
Phone (951) 351-6239


Fatal Traffic Collision

Time: 6:45 AM

Driver: Unknown

Bicyclist: Darnell Gean Desha (30) Moreno Valley, Ca.



Riverside, Ca- On September 22, 2005, Ms. Desha was riding her bicycle east on Columbia approaching Chicago along the south curb. Traffic ahead of her was stopped. Ms. Desha attempted to ride between the curbline and the traffic stopped in the #2 lane of east bound Columbia.

Ms. Desha lost control of her bicycle and fell to the pavement. She landed under the rear dual wheels of the second trailer of a double tractor-trailer combination. A witness to the collision stated at the same moment Ms. Desha fell under the wheels of the trailer traffic moved forward. The tractor-trailer combination moved forward running over Ms. Desha.

Ms. Desha was treated at the scene by members of the Riverside Fire Department and transported to Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) via ambulance. Ms. Desha was treated by the emergency room staff at RCH. Ms. Desha died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

Due to the size, weight and length of the tractor-trailer combination there is a strong possibility the driver did not know or realize he or she had been involved in a collision with a bicyclist.