RANCHO CUCAMONGA - The death of a man struck by a car on Hellman Avenue on Tuesday night was the city's fourth fatal vehicle collision with a bicyclist or pedestrian this year.

Moussa Elias, 66, Rancho Cucamonga, was killed as he was crossing the street at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Sgt. Greg Kreps said Elias was in the middle of the street, pushing a shopping cart he used to collect recyclables.

The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth R. Bell, 59, of Rancho Cucamonga, did not leave the scene and was not cited. No alcohol was involved in the incident, Kreps said.

Despite the number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities this year, Rancho Cucamonga police say there were about twice as many last year.

The city launched an informational campaign with billboards, posters and postcards encouraging pedestrians and bicyclists to be more watchful when crossing streets. Pavement markings with the logo of the campaign - called "Look, Look, Look" - were placed at key intersections.

Kreps said many of the accidents last year took place in the day, but most of the incidents this year have been at night.

"I think pedestrians being in the roadway at night is causing them to get hit. It's a lot harder for drivers to see at night. People need to stay out of the roadway at night," Kreps said.

Elias had left the Mountainside Apartment Complex and was walking east across Hellman. Bell was driving a Mitsubishi Galant north on Hellman at about 40 mph when he hit Elias just south of Foothill Boulevard, said Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.


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