TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Twentynine Palms man was killed at 8:36 p.m. Thursday, March 20, when the BMX style bicycle he was riding was struck by a car on Valle Vista Road west of Sherman Hoyt Road.
The rider was later identified on the county coroner’s website at Micky James Mroz, 31, of Lucerne Valley.
According to a California Highway Patrol report, Ann Marie Platzke, 31, of Twentynine Palms, was driving her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt west on Valle Vista Road and the man was riding by bicycle east on the north shoulder of Valle Vista Road just before the accident.
As Platzke approached from behind, the report states, the bicyclist tried to cross the road into the direct path of Platzke’s vehicle.
The bicyclist struck the windshield of the Chevy and was ejected onto the south shoulder, having sustained fatal injuries. Platzke and her daughter, 8, were not injured.
Alcohol is suspected to be a factor because an open container was located near the cyclist’s body.
Office Casey Simmons is investigating the accident.