HIGHLAND, CA (BRAIN)—Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team member Jorge Alvarado was struck and killed last Thursday evening in San Bernardino County by a teenager who was racing his car, according to local sheriff's officials.
The vehicle's driver, 18-year-old Patrick Roraff, was racing two other vehicles when he drove onto the wrong side of the road in an attempt to pass them, deputies said. He was traveling at a clip of more than 70 mph.
Roraff lost control of his car and struck Alvarado, throwing him from the bicycle. Alvarado landed in a nearby field and died at the scene from his injuries, officials said.
"We are saddened by the loss of our friend and teammate, Jorge Alvarado," a statement read on the Bahati Web site. "His dream was to be a professional cyclist and he passed doing what he loved. Please accept our sincere thanks for your support and prayers. We will miss you Jorge. The final sprint is yours, brother."
(PHOTO courtesy of Bahati Web site)