RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Christopher Jones, of Palm Springs, California, has been identified as the bicyclist in a fatal hit-and-run vehicle strike in Riverside County Thursday morning.

Chris Jones, 43, was killed in a hit-and-run crash Thursday morning near Desert Hot Springs.


According to reports, Jones was operating a bicycle in the area of Two Bunch Palms Trail, when he was struck and killed by a Lexus IS250 at around 5:30 a.m.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Police are seeking a suspect operating a maroon, 2006-2009 Lexus IS250 similar to the one pictured below:

The vehicle was last seen driving westbound on Two Bunch Palms Trail towards Little Morongo Road.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident is asked to contact Officer James at (760) 329-6411 extension 351 or the Watch Commander, (760) 329-2904 Ext.302. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Riverside County is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,189,641, making it the fourth-most populous county in California and the 10th-most populous in the United States – Wikipedia.