Irvine, California – February 14, 2012

A bicyclist, who was struck Tuesday morning at an Irvine intersection, died in the hospital Tuesday evening.

According to the Orange County Coroner’s Office, Christian “CJ” Rhineer, 28, of Irvine was riding his bicycle toward the intersection of Michelson Drive and Von Karman Avenue as a Volvo sedan, driven by a 26-year-old, approached the same crossing. As Mr. Rhineer came into the intersection he was struck by the Volvo about 7:50 a.m.

Mr. Rhineer was transported to Western Medical Center for medical attention to critical injuries. He died in the hospital about 6:30 p.m.

More than 27,000 California residents have already pledged their support to People For Bikes. According to Bikes Belong, a commuter bicyclist goes almost nine years in between accidents.

Mr. Rhineer is survived by his wife, Keri (Miller) Rhineer. She wrote about their life together and shared photographs via a personal blog. Other family members include his mother, Jean Rhineer, brothers David, Greg, Jeff, Matt and Nick and sister Gina.

According to information released by his family, Mr. Rhineer was an organ donor and his generosity will be used to help others. It is unclear whether he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Mr. Rhineer was a native of Provo, Utah and reportedly spent part of his life in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked as an advisor for Fidelity Investments.

Reportedly, Mr. Rhineer was also an avid golfer. As a teenager in August 2000, he shot a 74 at Wingpointe Golf Course to qualify for the Utah Open Players Championship.

UPDATE: A memorial for Mr. Rhineer has been scheduled for Grandview First Ward, located at 1550 North 1350 West in Provo, Utah. The service is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2012.

Friends and family have established a scholarship fund through Zions Bank in remembrance of Mr. Rhineer, benefitting student athletes at Provo High School.

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  • Jesse Griffith

    This is tragic — my heart goes out to the family!! Everyone NEEDS to work together to make our streets safre.