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Crash kills Lucerne Valley man

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 10:51 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Mar 24, 2014.

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.

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  • Branson Hunter posted at 8:31 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    Branson Hunter Posts: 899

    Good advise Mike

  • mikemather posted at 12:55 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    mikemather Posts: 34

    I'm sure this is no fault of Ann's. It's after sunset, when was the last time you saw a BMX bike with a light on it? No streetlights way out there. That's why we built all of those bike trails in the city. One was actually named after a Sailor killed riding to the base on his bike. His wife was a teacher at 29 Palms Junior High. We cannot stress enough the need to take the simplist precautions. Wear a helmet, put a light on the bike during night riding, don't drink and ride, use the bike trails if at all possible. This was a grown man killed, but more often than not it's the kids. On the flip side of that coin, drivers should give them a wide birth on the road, and "SLOW DOWN" around our schools and during peak children hours, after school til dark in the residential neighborhoods.


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