Cyclist Foud Dead on Trail Identified

Lee Andrew Tichenor, 60, of Temecula, was pronounced dead at 8:56 a.m. Sunday on the Stevenson Canyon bike trail on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

Authorities released the name of a deceased bicyclist today who was found unconscious and unresponsive Sunday morning on a bike trail in La Cresta west of Murrieta.

Lee Andrew Tichenor, 60, of Temecula, was pronounced dead at 8:56 a.m. Sunday on the Stevenson Canyon bike trail, near the Sylvan Meadows multiuse trail on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

"Medical personnel arrived on scene and observed two male bicyclists attempting to resuscitate a 60-year-old male bicyclist," said sheriff's Sgt. Ken Chaffin, in a report. "Efforts to revive the subject were unsuccessful. The male subject was pronounced deceased at the scene."

Crews from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department responded to the initial call for medical aid. Two helicopters--one from Mercy Air--were utilized to reach the spot where Tichenor lay, according to a report.

Tichenor was found about a mile and a half in on the remote trail.

The coroner's office did not list a cause of death. , according to Chaffin.

Anyone with information was encouraged to contact Detective Michael Callahan at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's station by calling 951-245-3300.

An Internet search revealed Tichenor was credited with a recent U.S. patent along with four others. The project was commissioned by Rohr aeronautical company in Chula Vista.

Haley January 12, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Hello, lee andrew tichenor is my grandpa. My name is haley. I wonder what happened to him on,the trail. I cleary dont understand how he just dies right there on the trail couldnt you guys have done something to save him. Sorry im kind of rude im just really sad may someone please respond back.
Judith Tichenor July 03, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Hello Haley, this is Aunt Judi. We don't know for sure what happened, but we do know that he was riding alone and he was down for 25 minutes before the riders came upon him. Please know that the riders and the paramedics all did CPR and everything they could to save him, but he was already gone. What we need to do is feel and express our feelings appropriately when we have them, and grow and go on. This will honor Poppa and what he meant to us. It will also help us heal over time. It is what Poppa would want us to do. I hope this helps, and I'm sorry I didn't see your post sooner.


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